Diego Sanchez Targets Takanori Gomi for Potential Fight at UFC on Fuel in Japan


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

Diego Sanchez and Joe Stevenson at UFC 95An injury put former Ultimate Fighter winner Diego Sanchez on the sidelines for most of 2012, but he’s ready to kick things off with a potentially big match-up in 2013 with his return to the lightweight division.

Sanchez said via Twitter on Friday that he has requested a bout against former Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi for the upcoming UFC on Fuel card headed to Japan on March 2.

“Might have a fight lined up for March 2,” wrote Sanchez. “Just waiting on the man Joe Silva to see if Mr. Fireball Kid takes it?”

Mr. Fireball Kid is of course reference to Gomi, who most recently fought and won at UFC on Fuel in China where he defeated another former Ultimate Fighter winner in Mac Danzig.

It appears Sanchez, who is returning to lightweight for the first time since a 2009 fight against B.J. Penn, is targeting a Japanese legend in his home country.

There is little doubt that the UFC would like to have Gomi fight on the upcoming card in Japan, and a fight against Sanchez could serve at worst as co-main event on the show.

MMAWeekly.com will continue to update this fight if it becomes a done deal.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 28 days ago
  • 55 views

A lightweight tilt between Takanori Gomi and Myles Jury has been added to the UFC’s Sept. 20 return to Japan. more

  • 28 days ago
  • 79 views

An intriguing lightweight matchup has been added to the UFC’s return to Japan, as Takanori Gomi meets Myles Jury.Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 28 days ago
  • 60 views

That rumored Myles Jury vs. Nate Diaz fight won't be going down. But the undefeated lightweight will still tangle with a fighter known for throwing down.
The 12-0 Jury will meet former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi on the Sept. 20 UFC Fight Night card in Saitama, Japan. FOXSports.com initially reported the news of the bout on Wednesday night.
The San Diego-based Jury is 14-0, with his last five victories coming in the UFC. He has 11 wins via finish, and his last victory was a one-side more

  • 28 days ago
  • 39 views

One of the sport's brightest prospects takes on one of Japan's most decorated champions.
I guess he got tired of waiting for Nate Diaz to answer the phone.
Undefeated 155-pound sensation Myles Jury has been paired off against former PRIDE lightweight champion Takanori Gomi for the UFC Fight Night 52: "Hunt vs. Nelson" mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Fight Pass, which is scheduled for Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan, on Sept. 20, 2014.
FOX Sports reported the pending match up on Wednesday more

  • 15 days ago
  • 22 views

“The Ultimate Fighter 8? winner Efrain Escudero is once again back in the UFC.Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 11 days ago
  • 43 views

Norman Parke cruised to victory against Naoyuki Kotani at UFC Fight Night “McGregor vs. Brandao” on Saturday, finishing the Japanese fighter by technical knockout in the second round. more

  • 29 days ago
  • 95 views

The UFC will crown the first strawweight champion with The Ultimate Fighter 20, but it won’t stop the promotion from matching other strawweight fights before the season.
Joanna Jedrzejczyk, unbeaten in MMA, will take on fellow UFC newcomer Juliana Lima at UFC on FOX 12 in San Jose, Calif., on July 26. Sources close to the situation confirmed the match-up to MMAFighting.com following a report from Groundandpound.
Jedrzejczyk (6-0) earns a shot in the Octagon after scoring a second-round knockout more

  • 28 days ago
  • 49 views

Well, it was fun while it lasted.
Same old, same old.
Former welterweight number one contender, Thiago Alves, who returned to the Octagon earlier this year with a dominant unanimous decision win over the gritty Seth Baczynski at UFC on FOX 11, has once again been injured and forced to withdraw from an event.
"Pitbull" hurt his knee, according to MMA Junkie, but will not require surgery.
Taking over for the Brazilian at the UFC Fight Night 49 mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which takes place on A more

  • 28 days ago
  • 32 views

It's a pretty safe bet that someone will get knocked out when Japanese legend Takanori Gomi takes on up-and-coming lightweight Myles Jury this September at Saitama Super Arena outside of Tokyo.
The bout was first reported Wednesday night by Damon Martin of FoxSports.com.
Gomi, The Fireball Kid, (35-9-1, 4-4 UFC) is a mainstay on UFC Japan cards. Though he is 35 years old and diminishing as a fighter, he still carries major punching power and a dogged drive to win, not to mention a titanic reputa more