Kenny Florian and Takanori Gomi have apparently agreed to their highly anticipated lightweight bout.
After weeks of rumors and hearsay, news finally broke of the blockbuster match-up today via ESPN MMA Live’s Twitter account:
“Kenny Florian-Takanori Gomi expected as the main event for UFC Fight Night 21 March 31st in North Carolina,” read the tweet.
The announcement comes just a week after Florian spoke to MMAJunkie .com, where he denied any knowledge of a potential fight with “The Fireball Kid.” It appears Kenny Florian knows when to keep a lid on things when they are important; something, I’m sure, Brock Lesnar wishes people in his camp knew how to do.
Gomi’s UFC debut is now guaranteed to lack a soft entrance with Florian waiting for him at the front door. There are no opportunities for Gomi to cupcake his record when he gets to the world’s most popular MMA organization.
Having gone 2-2 in his last four bouts, Gomi (31-5-0-1NC) has not, exactly, been the dominating lightweight he was when he was champion in Pride Fighting Championships. The move to the UFC is great for the sport since it brings one of it’s legends to the biggest stage, but if Gomi is looking to resurrect his career he’ll have a tough time doing it against the top UFC fighters.
Florian (12-4) was last seen dominating Clay Guida at UFC 107 in Memphis, Tenn. where he showed great improvement in his hands. Having lost his 2nd bid for a title prior to the Guida fight, Florian is still a good distance away from getting another shot at UFC gold. But the Massachusetts native is still one of the top 155-pounders on the planet.
Gomi is sure to have his hands full when he takes on “Ken-Flo” this March. Let’s applaud the UFC for providing this Pay-Per-View caliber fight for free on Spike TV.
Thanks Dana White!