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"The Fireball Kid"

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Takanori Gomi

"The Fireball Kid" Takanori Gomi

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  • Given Name: 五味隆典, Gomi Takanori
  • Professional MMA Record: 35-9-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Fireball Kid
  • Current Streak: 1 Win
  • Age: 35 | Date of Birth: 1978.09.22
  • Last Fight: April 26, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs
  • Gym/Affiliation: Kugayama Rascal
  • Height: 5'8" (173cm) | Reach: 70.0" (178cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $280,000 USD
  • Born: Kanagawa, Japan
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Tokyo, Japan
  • Personal Pages: Twitter

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For much of his MMA career, Kanagawa, Japan’s “Fireball Kid,” Takanori Gomi, was considered the world’s best lightweight mixed martial arts fighter. During a sensational 2004-2005 run that saw him notch wins at Pride Bushidos 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, and twice at the Bushido 9 tournament, Gomi delivered some of the greatest knockouts the division had ever seen, and became the biggest star in the promotion. His spectacular knockouts of Luiz Azeredo at Pride Bushido 7 and Hayato Sakurai at Pride Shockwave 2005 were among the most memorable.


Born in 1978, Gomi began boxing at the age of 16, and within two years had begun training freestyle and catch wrestling at Japan’s Kiguchi Dojo. Gomi joined Japan’s famed Shooto gym at the age of 19, and at 20 launched his mixed martial arts career. For a man who later became known as one of the division’s best knockout artists, Gomi was initially thought of as a ground fighter and grappler, and won the majority of his early contests by decision or submission.


Gomi’s great run in Pride began in 2004, when he joined the promotion on the heels of disappointing back-to-back losses to lightweight greats Joachim “Hellboy” Hansen and “The Prodigy,” BJ Penn. Having now developed his boxing skills to a high level, Gomi put his hands to use in the Pride ring. In what would become his trademark fighting style, Gomi would weather an early storm from an aggressive opponent, then begin to chop the house down with withering straights and hooks to the body. By the latter half of Pride’s opening 10 minute round Gomi’s foe would be laboring and noticeably slowed. Only then would “The Fireball Kid” move in to finish him off, typically with strikes either standing or from an advanced ground position. Gomi defeated many of Pride's best, including Tatsuya Kawajiri and Hayato Sakurai.


Gomi’s highly anticipated initial foray into the UFC Octagon resulted in a setback, when perennial top contender Kenny “Kenflo” Florian outboxed the great boxer and finished him with an RNC. In his next Octagon bout against Tyson Griffin at UFC on Versus II, Gomi reminded fans why he was ranked the best in the world only a few short years ago, starching Griffin with a picture-perfect right cross to end the fight in the first round. Gomi became the first man to finish Griffin inside the distance. In short, Gomi’s star still burns bright, and legions of fans are hoping for a return to the form that placed him among the world’s very best.


Gomi would drop his next two bouts by submission to Nate Diaz and Clay Guida before bouncing back with a TKO over Eiji Mitsuoka in the second round of their fight at UFC 144. Gomi next faced Mac Danzig at UFC on Fuel TV 6 in Macau, China where he won by split decision. He would then drop his next bout by Split Decision to Diego Sanchez.

Last updated 04.09.2014, 10:28 AM ET
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Takanori Gomi Lightweight Ranking History

Takanori Gomi MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Professional Results Opponent Event Date
Confirmed Upcoming Bout Myles Jury
UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg
2014.09.20
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Isaac Vallie-Flagg
Ref: Herb Dean
UFC 172: Jones vs. Teixeira
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs
2014.04.26
Odds: -155 Slight Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 155.5 lbs
#25 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC 172 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Diego Sanchez
Ref: Marc Goddard
UFC on FUEL TV 8: Silva vs. Stann
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg
2013.03.02
Odds: +180 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Mac Danzig
Ref: Steve Perceval
UFC on FUEL TV 6: Franklin vs. Le
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs
2012.11.10
Odds: +175 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $40,000 Fight/Night | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
UFC on FUEL TV 6 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:21 Round 2 of 3, 7:21 Total
Eiji Mitsuoka
Ref: Leon Roberts
UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 70 kg
2012.02.25
Odds: -270 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Cancelled Bout George Sotiropoulos UFC 144 2012.02.25
Reason: Sotiropoulos Injury
Loss | Submission | Armlock
4:27 Round 1 of 3
Nate Diaz
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs
2011.09.24
Odds: +215 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
#69 Greatest Submission of All Time
#17 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
UFC 135 Submission of the Night
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:27 Round 2 of 3, 9:27 Total
Clay Guida
Ref: Josh Rosenthal
UFC 125: Resolution
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs
2011.01.01
Odds: +120 Near Even | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Base | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
#23 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#8 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
UFC 125 Submission of the Night
Cancelled Bout Joe Stevenson UFC on Versus 2 2010.08.01
Reason: Stevenson Knee Injury
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
1:04 Round 1 of 3
Tyson Griffin
Ref: Jason Herzog
UFC on Versus 2: Jones vs. Matyushenko
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs
2010.08.01
Odds: +260 Moderate Underdog Upset Victory | Disclosed Pay: $120,000 ($40K Base, $40K Bonus, $40K KO/Night) | Weigh-In: 156.0 lbs
#11 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
UFC on Versus 2 Knockout of the Night
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:52 Round 3 of 3, 12:52 Total
Kenny Florian
Ref: Mario Yamasaki
UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs Gomi
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs
2010.03.31
Odds: +286 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
#61 Greatest Submission of All Time
#30 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2010
UFC Fight Night 21 Submission of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous Tony Hervey Vale Tudo Japan 2009.10.30
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Takashi Nakakura Shooto 2009.05.10
Loss | Submission | Leglock
1:41 Round 1 of 5
Satoru Kitaoka
Ref: Kenichi Serizawa
Sengoku no Ran 2009
Main Card | Tournament Finals
2009.01.04
Odds: -175 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 153.6 lbs
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Sergey Golyaev
Ref: Kenichi Serizawa
Sengoku 6
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg
2008.11.01
Odds: -800 Huge Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 153.8 lbs
#59 Biggest Upset of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Tae Hyun Bang
Ref: Kenichi Serizawa
Sengoku 4
Main Event | Lightweight | 70 kg
2008.08.24
Odds: -1000 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 154.1 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
2:28 Round 1 of 3
Duane Ludwig
Ref: Kenichi Serizawa
Sengoku 1
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg
2008.03.05
Odds: -506 Heavy Favorite
No Contest | Submission | Overturn
1:46 Round 2 of 3, 6:46 Total
Nick Diaz
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi
Pride 33: The Second Coming
Main Card | Lightweight | 160 lbs
2007.02.24
Odds: -360 Moderate Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 161.0 lbs
#10 Greatest Fight of All Time
#6 Greatest Submission of All Time
#27 Biggest Upset of All Time
#4 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#32 Greatest Comeback of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:14 Round 1 of 3
Mitsuhiro Ishida
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi
Pride Shockwave 2006
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg
2006.12.31
Odds: -265 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Split
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Marcus Aurelio
Ref: Yuji Shimada
Pride Bushido 13: Bushido Survival Finals
Main Card | Title Defense | Lightweight | 73 kg
2006.11.05
Odds: -285 Moderate Favorite
Win | Submission | Choke
7:10 Round 1 of 2
David Baron
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi
Pride Bushido 12: Bushido Survival 2nd Round
Main Event | Lightweight | 73 kg
2006.08.26
Weigh-In: 160.0 lbs
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:34 Round 1 of 2
Marcus Aurelio
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi
Pride Bushido 10
Main Event | Lightweight | 73 kg
2006.04.02
Odds: -800 Huge Favorite Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs
#39 Biggest Upset of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:56 Round 1 of 3
Hayato Sakurai
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi
Pride Shockwave 2005
Main Card | Tournament Finals | 73 kg
2005.12.31
Odds: -300 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs
#29 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Choke
7:42 Round 1 of 2
Tatsuya Kawajiri
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi
Pride Bushido 9
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 73 kg
2005.09.25
Weigh-In: 160.0 lbs
#93 Greatest Submission of All Time
#25 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Luiz Azeredo
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi
Pride Bushido 9
Main Event | Tournament Semifinal | 73 kg
2005.09.25
Weigh-In: 160.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total
Jean Silva
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi
Pride Bushido 8
Main Event | Lightweight | 73 kg
2005.07.17
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:46 Round 1 of 2
Luiz Azeredo
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi
Pride Bushido 7
Main Event | Lightweight | 73 kg
2005.05.22
Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs
#51 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
6:21 Round 1 of 3
Jens Pulver
Ref: Daisuke Noguchi
Pride Shockwave 2004
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg
2004.12.31
Odds: -110 Near Even | Weigh-In: 161.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Shoulder
5:52 Round 1 of 2
Charles Bennett
Pride Bushido 5
Main Event | Lightweight | 73 kg
2004.10.14
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
8:07 Round 1 of 2
Fabio Mello
Pride Bushido 4
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg
2004.07.19
Win | KO/TKO | Knees
0:06 Round 1 of 2
Ralph Gracie
Pride Bushido 3
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg
2004.05.23
Weigh-In: 162.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
4:55 Round 1 of 2
Jadyson Costa
Pride Bushido 2
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg
2004.02.15
Loss | Submission | Choke
2:35 Round 3 of 3, 12:35 Total
BJ Penn
Rumble on the Rock 4
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs
2003.10.10
Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
Loss | Decision | Majority Joachim Hansen Shooto 2003.08.10
Win | Submission | Armlock Nick Ertl Shooto 2003.02.23
Win | KO/TKO | Punches Dokonjonosuke Mishima Shooto 2002.12.14
Win | Decision | Unanimous Chris Brennan Shooto 2002.09.16
Win | Decision | Majority Leonardo Santos Shooto 2002.06.29
Win | Decision | Unanimous Rumina Sato Shooto 2001.12.16
Win | Decision | Unanimous Ryan Bow Shooto 2000.11.12
Win | Decision | Unanimous Paul Rodriguez Shooto 2000.07.16
Win | Decision | Unanimous Anderson Pavao Shooto 2000.04.02
Win | Submission | Choke Johnny Eduardo Vale Tudo Japan 1999.12.11
Win | Decision | Unanimous Takuya Kuwabara Shooto 1999.09.05
Win | Submission | Choke Stephen Palling Icon Sport 1999.06.01
Win | Decision | Unanimous Takuya Kuwabara Shooto 1999.03.28
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:42 Round 2 of 2, 8:42 Total
Kazumichi Takada
Shooto : Devilock Fighters
Main Card | Welterweight | 70 kg
1999.01.15
Win | Decision | Unanimous Hiroshi Tsuruya Shooto 1998.11.27

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