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"The Fireball Kid"

Takanori Gomi

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Win Rate
69 %
Finish Rate
53 %
Decision Win %
84 %

Takanori Gomi

Age
43
Height
5' 8 (173 cm)
Reach
70 in. (5' 10/178 cm)
Ape-Index
1.029
Stance
Southpaw
Nationality
Japan
Main Division
Lightweight
Biography
Gomi was born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1978 and started boxing at Sagamihara Yonekura Gym in 1994 while he was attending Kanagawa Prefectural Aikawa Higashi Junior High School. Gomi was athletic and the pitcher of the school's baseball team, but dropped out of high school in 1996 when he failed to pass on to the next grade. This caused an argument between Gomi and his father who disowned him as a result of the incident. Gomi then went on to learn freestyle wrestling and catch wrestling at Kiguchi Dojo and competed in many wrestling tournaments throughout Japan, the pinnacle of his grappling career being his four All-Japan Combat Wrestling championships, in which he defeated a number of the nation's top grapplers, future opponent Mitsuhiro Ishida amongst them.
Combat Approach
Unusual for a Japanese mixed martial artist of his style and class, Gomi was a strong sprawl and brawl fighter. He combined a sterling takedown defense with a powerful, aggressive boxing, which gained him the nickname of "Fireball Kid" for his punching power and spectacular knockouts. Gomi would harmoniously use both orthodox and southpaw stances, combining the left straight with a feared overhand right, also using the clinch to set up strikes.

Awards & Accolades

  • Pride Fighting Championships: Pride Lightweight Championship (One Time). One successful title defense
  • Pride Fighting Championships: One successful title defense
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Pride 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Winner
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Most successful title defenses in the Lightweight division
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Most consecutive title defenses in the Lightweight division
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Only Pride World Lightweight Champion in Pride FC History
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Only Pride Grand Prix Winner in Pride FC Lightweight Division History
  • Pride Fighting Championships: One of only four fighters to win both a Pride Championship and Grand Prix
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Highest winning streak in Pride FC History (Ten)
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Fastest Knockout in Pride FC History (0:06)
  • Pride Fighting Championships: Fight of the Year (2005) vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri
  • Pride Fighting Championships: One successful title defense
  • UFC: Fight of the Night (Two times) vs. Mac Danzig and Isaac Vallie-Flagg
  • UFC: Knockout Of The Night (One time) vs. Tyson Griffin
  • UFC: One of only four Pride World Champions to compete in the UFC
  • UFC: One of only six Pride Grand Prix Champions to compete in the UFC
  • Professional Shooto Japan: Shooto Lightweight Championship (One Time)
  • Professional Shooto Japan: One successful title defense
  • Professional Shooto Japan: Highest winning streak in Shooto History (12)
  • Sherdog Awards: Mixed Martial Arts Hall of Fame
  • Sherdog Awards: Fighter of the Year (2005)
  • MMAFighting: Lightweight Fighter of the Year (2004)
  • MMAFighting: Lightweight Fighter of the Year (2005)
  • MMAFighting: Lightweight Fighter of the Year Runner-up (2006)
  • MMAFighting: Knockout of the Year (2005) vs. Luiz Azeredo on May 22, 2005
  • Fight Matrix: Fighter of the Year (2005)
  • Combat Wrestling: All-Japan Combat Wrestling Champion (Four times)

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Fighter Videos

Full Fight | 那須川天心 vs. 五味隆典 / Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Takanori Gomi - RIZIN.33
Full Fight | 五味隆典 vs. 皇治 / Takanori Gomi vs. Kouzi - RIZIN.26
Full Fight | 五味隆典 vs. メルビン・ギラード / Takanori Gomi vs. Melvin Guillard - RIZIN.11
Full Fight | 矢地祐介 vs. 五味隆典 / Yusuke Yachi vs. Takanori Gomi - 12/31/2017

 

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