When it was announced last weekend that former Shooto and PRIDE Champion Takanori Gomi had signed with the UFC rumors began swirling in regards to who he might debut against in the organization. Though the first name to surface as an opponent was Ken Florian, it appears as though Gomi’s presence in the company has at least one other fighter jazzed at the idea of meeting the Japanese striker at the center of the Octagon.
Spencer Fisher recently took his interest in facing Gomi to The Underground:
“Since I’ve started MMA Gomi is one of the guys I looked up to and copied some of my style from him…I’ve always talked about guys diving for my shoelaces and the script might be flipped this time! (laughs) But of all the fights in the world that one excites me the most. I would have to be in tip top shape to fight someone of his caliber.
I won’t b**** or belly ache about anyone that they put in there with me cause everyone that steps into that cage deserves it. It’s just that the Gomi fight scares the s*** out of me and I fight harder when I’m scared.
Again, I’m not being disrespectful. Dana has always told us to say who we want to fight next and I thought that this was a good place as any. I would have to be in the best shape of my life. Not like I was in my last fight. I neglected a lot of my training for the last one, and for whatever reasons it was my own fault. This fight scares me and I will find better guys to train with. That’s why I have to leave to find better place to train. I am the best stand up guy around these parts and you don’t get better training with guys that you are better than. I just think as a fan I would be the best opponent (for Gomi) and I have a chin!”
Fisher is 23-5 as a professional and looking to bounce back from a second-round submission loss to Joe Stevenson at UFC 104. He has nineteen finishes in his career, as well as eight wins in the Octagon over a list of names including Caol Uno, Thiago Alves, and Josh Neer.