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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: 35-10-0, 1 NC (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: The Fireball Kid
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 36 | Date of Birth: 1978.09.22
  • Last Fight: September 20, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Lightweight | Last Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs
  • 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

Takanori Gomi Wiki Update Wiki

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 MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:32 Round 1 of 3

Myles Jury
35-9-0 14-0-0

UFC Fight Night 52: Hunt vs. Nelson
Co-Main Event | Lightweight | 70 kg

2014.09.20
Odds: +450 (Heavy Underdog) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs | Referee: Steve Perceval
UFC Fight Night 52 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Isaac Vallie-Flagg
34-9-0 14-4-1

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 | Referee: Herb Dean
#27 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2014
UFC 172 Fight of the Night
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Diego Sanchez
34-8-0 23-5-0

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 | Referee: Marc Goddard
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Mac Danzig
33-8-0 21-9-1

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 | Referee: Steve Perceval
UFC on FUEL TV 6 Fight of the Night
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:21 Round 2 of 3, 7:21 Total

Eiji Mitsuoka
32-8-0 18-7-2

UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
Preliminary Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2012.02.25
Odds: -270 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs | Referee: Leon Roberts
Cancelled Bout George Sotiropoulos UFC 144 2012.02.25
Reason: Sotiropoulos Injury
Loss | Submission | Armlock
4:27 Round 1 of 3

Nate Diaz
32-7-0 13-7-0

UFC 135: Jones vs. Rampage
Main Card | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2011.09.24
Odds: +215 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#78 Greatest Submission of All Time
#16 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
32-6-0 27-11-0

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 | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#24 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
31-6-0 14-3-0

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 | Referee: Jason Herzog
#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
31-5-0 12-4-0

UFC Fight Night 21: Florian vs Gomi
Main Event | Lightweight | 155 lbs

2010.03.31
Odds: +286 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 155.0 lbs | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#60 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
29-4-0 23-8-9

Sengoku no Ran 2009
Main Card | Tournament Finals

2009.01.04
Odds: -175 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 153.6 lbs | Referee: Kenichi Serizawa
Loss | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Sergey Golyaev
29-3-0 12-6-0

Sengoku 6
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2008.11.01
Odds: -800 (Huge Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 153.8 lbs | Referee: Kenichi Serizawa
#53 Biggest Upset of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Tae Hyun Bang
28-3-0 14-4-0

Sengoku 4
Main Event | Lightweight | 70 kg

2008.08.24
Odds: -1000 (Huge Favorite) | Weigh-In: 154.1 lbs | Referee: Kenichi Serizawa
Win | KO/TKO | Injury
2:28 Round 1 of 3

Duane Ludwig
27-3-0 16-7-0

Sengoku 1
Main Card | Lightweight | 70 kg

2008.03.05
Odds: -506 (Heavy Favorite) | Referee: Kenichi Serizawa
No Contest | Submission | Overturn
1:46 Round 2 of 3, 6:46 Total

Nick Diaz
27-3-0 14-6-0

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 | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
#10 Greatest Fight of All Time
#6 Greatest Submission of All Time
#25 Biggest Upset of All Time
#4 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
#33 Greatest Comeback of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Strikes
1:14 Round 1 of 3

Mitsuhiro Ishida
26-3-0 14-2-1

Pride Shockwave 2006
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg

2006.12.31
Odds: -265 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Win | Decision | Split
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Marcus Aurelio
25-3-0 14-3-0

Pride Bushido 13: Bushido Survival Finals
Main Card | Title Defense | Lightweight | 73 kg

2006.11.05
Odds: -285 (Moderate Favorite) | Referee: Yuji Shimada
Win | Submission | Choke
7:10 Round 1 of 2

David Baron
24-3-0 13-1-0

Pride Bushido 12: Bushido Survival 2nd Round
Main Event | Lightweight | 73 kg

2006.08.26
Weigh-In: 160.0 lbs | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:34 Round 1 of 2

Marcus Aurelio
24-2-0 13-2-0

Pride Bushido 10
Main Event | Lightweight | 73 kg

2006.04.02
Odds: -800 (Huge Favorite) Upset Defeat | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
#36 Biggest Upset of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:56 Round 1 of 3

Hayato Sakurai
23-2-0 27-6-2

Pride Shockwave 2005
Main Card | Tournament Finals | 73 kg

2005.12.31
Odds: -300 (Moderate Favorite) | Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
#29 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Submission | Choke
7:42 Round 1 of 2

Tatsuya Kawajiri
21-2-0 15-2-2

Pride Bushido 9
Main Card | Tournament Quarterfinal | 73 kg

2005.09.25
Weigh-In: 160.0 lbs | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
#24 Greatest Lightweight MMA Fight of All Time
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Luiz Azeredo
21-2-0 8-4-0

Pride Bushido 9
Main Event | Tournament Semifinal | 73 kg

2005.09.25
Weigh-In: 160.0 lbs | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Win | Decision | Unanimous
2 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Jean Silva
20-2-0 11-2-3

Pride Bushido 8
Main Event | Lightweight | 73 kg

2005.07.17
Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
3:46 Round 1 of 2

Luiz Azeredo
19-2-0 8-3-0

Pride Bushido 7
Main Event | Lightweight | 73 kg

2005.05.22
Weigh-In: 154.0 lbs | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
#54 Greatest Knockout of All Time
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
6:21 Round 1 of 3

Jens Pulver
18-2-0 18-4-1

Pride Shockwave 2004
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg

2004.12.31
Odds: -110 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 161.0 lbs | Referee: Daisuke Noguchi
Win | Submission | Shoulder
5:52 Round 1 of 2

Charles Bennett
17-2-0 12-5-0

Pride Bushido 5
Main Event | Lightweight | 73 kg

2004.10.14
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
8:07 Round 1 of 2

Fabio Mello
16-2-0 3-1-0

Pride Bushido 4
Main Card | Lightweight | 73 kg

2004.07.19
Win | KO/TKO | Knees
0:06 Round 1 of 2

Ralph Gracie
15-2-0 6-0-0

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
14-2-0 3-1-0

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
14-1-0 5-1-1

Rumble on the Rock
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
1-0-0 2-0-1

Shooto: Devilock Fighters
Main Card | Welterweight | 70 kg

1999.01.15
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Hiroshi Tsuruya

Shooto

1998.11.27

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