In 2007, Nate Diaz’s brother Nick fought with Takanori Gomi at Pride 33, and what resulted was one of the most exciting fights of the year.
Nick Diaz ended the fight in spectacular fashion, submitting Gomi via gogoplata. The result would be overturned, however, as Diaz tested positive for marijuana post-fight.
Four years later, with both Nate Diaz and Gomi coming off losses, the UFC decides to pit the two together to see if a little of that magic that happened in Pride could be recreated.
Both fighters can’t afford the loss in danger of being cut, but a spectacular performance, win or lose, would ensure continued employment with the organization.
Do the Diaz brothers have Takanogi Gomi’s number?
At UFC 135, we'll find out.