Former PRIDE and Shooto champion Takanori Gomi has hit a rough spot in his MMA career. The 29-5 fighter was at one time considered the #1 lightweight fighter in the world, however after dropping two consecutive fights to Sergey Golyaev and Satoru Kitaoka for the Sengoku promotion, Gomi is planning a return to the organization where he started out.
According to a report from Japan-MMA.com, Gomi will be making his return to the Shooto promotion for the company’s final 20th Anniversary “Tradition Series” show on May 10 at the JCB Hall. Gomi is expected to face Shooto champion Takashi Nakakura. Nakakura is currently 11-2-1 in his MMA career and is riding a 5-fight win streak. His last loss came at the hands of Mitsuhiro Ishida back at a Shooto event in 2005.
Gomi made his MMA debut back in 1998 for the Shooto promotion and competed with the company for over 5 years. He compiled a 12-0 record with the promotion over that time before dropping his final fight to Joachim Hansen back in 2003. After that loss, Gomi ended up signing with PRIDE and never looked back.
In addition to Gomi vs. Nakakura, Shooto’s final “Tradition Series” show is expected to feature bouts between top 10 featherweight “Lion” Takeshi Inoue vs. Rumina Sato and Koutetsu Boku vs. Yutaka Ueda.