Ross Pearson vs. Takanori Gomi Head-to-Toe Breakdown

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Ross Pearson vs. Takanori Gomi Head-to-Toe Breakdown

According to MMA Junkie, Ross "The Real Deal Pearson has asked for Takanori "The Fireball Kid" Gomi as his UFC Fight Night 29 co-main event opponent. While the fight is not yet booked, it could hold considerable significance for both fighters if agreed upon. A win or loss can mean the continuation or end to each fighter's respective bids as a contender in the always-crowded lightweight division.

Both fighters looked sharp in their most recent bouts, but neither have been able to create a quality string of wins in the last three years. Both “The Real Deal” and “The Fireball Kid” have to know this is their lone remaining opportunity to avoid a drop to career gatekeeper or relegation from the league.

The depth and scope of the lightweight division also adds a particular need for a quality showing from one or both fighters. A decision win, unless accompanied by Shogun-vs.-Henderson-like effort, will not move the winner into a contender position. Only a dominating or devastating finish guarantees to put either man within striking distance of a top-contender bout.



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