PRIDE veteran Takanori Gomi was once considered the best lightweight fighter in MMA. It really didn’t matter what set of MMA rankings you looked at, Gomi use to reign supreme atop the lightweight division. However, things took a turn for the worse for Gomi after he dropped two consecutive fights while competing for the Sengoku promotion in Japan.
At Sengoku 6 in November, Gomi dropped a split-decision to Sergey Golyaev in what was considered a huge upset. He then tried to get back on the winning side of things when he met Satoru Kitaoka for the Sengoku lightweight title at the promotion’s “No Ran 2009” show in January. However, the stars once again didn’t line up for Gomi as Kitaoka was able to submit him with an achilles lock just 1:41 seconds into their fight.
It didn’t appear as if Gomi was the same fighter he once was and perhaps he needed a change of scenery. That’s exactly what he got when it was announced that Gomi would return to the Shooto promotion for the first time in over six years. Gomi got his start in Shooto and was looking to get back on the winning track when he faced Takashi Nakakura at Shooto’s “Tradition Final” show which was held earlier today at the JCB Hall in Tokyo, Japan.
Gomi entered the ring looking more ripped than ever before and got back to his roots in the bout with Nakakura as he punished the challenger with vicious boxing combinations before ultimately bringing a conclusion to the bout late in the second round with a hail storm of five ounces of pain.
Rumina Sato dominated Takeshi Inoue for the bulk of the contest between the highly regarded 143 pounders by utilizing his distance and technical striking. Midway through the first period Sato dropped Inoue and rushed in to finish him but failed to capitalize as Inoue rose to his feet and battered Sato with a flurry of punches in the clinch that ultimately brought a conclusion to the electrifying brawl.
A full list of results from the show are listed below:
Megumi Fujii def. Won Bun Chu via submission – Round 1
Akiyo Nishiura def. Takumi Ota via unanimous decision
Kotetsu Boku def. Yutaka Ueda via TKO – Round 1
Kenichiro Togashi def. Tetsuji Kato via majority decision
Mizuto Hirota def. Mitsuhiro Ishida via KO – Round 1
Willamy Chiquerim def. Yusuke Endo via submission – Round 1
Takanori Gomi def. Takashi Nakakura via KO – Round 2
Takeshi Inoue def. Rumina Sato via TKO – Round 1