Gomi is as iconic a Japanese fighter as has ever been seen in the sport due to his success in PRIDE. Though he’s been in decline over the past few years, “The Fireball Kid” still brings heat and can’t ever be discounted. Diaz definitely made sure to take him seriously when they crossed paths a couple of years ago, doing his best to take Gomi out of his element by bringing action to the mat. Less than five minutes into the match-up Diaz locked up an Armbar and the rest was history. On a side note, the scrap also marked Diaz’s return to 155 pounds after a failed attempt at welterweight, showing the cut back clearly didn’t hurt his performance.
UFC lightweight Nate Diaz (16-9) has experienced a handful of highs and lows during his run in the ring but never shown inconsistency in terms of his ability to entertain fans. The 28-year old Californian has been impressing in the Octagon or more than six years but could see his future in jeopardy unless able to avoid the first three-fight losing streak of his career when he faces Gray Maynard this weekend at the Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale. If successful, Diaz will officially add Maynard’s name to a resume dotted with other notable competitors. Here are the Top 5… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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