Saturday, January 2, 2010
Takanori Gomi Signs Multi-Fight Deal With The UFC
In what has to be regarded as the biggest free-agent signing in all of sport thus far in 2010, sources close to the negotiations have announced through MMAFanhouse.com that lightweight, Japanese striking sensation, "The Fireball Kid" Takanori Gomi (31-5, 7-2-1 L10) has signed a multi-fight deal with the UFC.
In all seriousness, this move represents is a major acquisition for Zuffa as "The Fireball Kid" has to be regarded as at least the second most marketable Japanese MMA fighter currently in the fight game. In fact, Gomi's all-action style may arguably make him even more marketable than DREAM's lightweight champion Shinya Aoki, who is his only realistic competition in terms of desirability for fight promotions.
If you concentrate, you can almost hear the sighs of relief from hardcore MMA fans now that Gomi, a great performer and talented athlete, will officially no longer be toiling in the obscurity of promotions like Sengoku, Shooto and Vale Tudo Japan. Now let's hope this signing inspires a true return to the form that once had Gomi ranked among the very best lightweight fighters in the world.