“I disembarked in Las Vegas on Friday 13 with two goals in mind. The priority is to solve my professional situation in America before my marriage. I hope the negotiations go on and I can have a starting point next year. My friend Tito Ortiz has been supporting me whereas he knows the scenes from this side of Pacific. I will talk to UFC officers and I hope a good agreement this time to show off my potential and get the belt that belongs to me. If I haven’t good conversations with Zuffa, Strikeforce is an option and I hope I’m not here only to tourism.”
Former Pride FC lightweight champ Takanori Gomi talks about his desire to sign with one of two US-based fight promotions while visiting Las Vegas to catch the Nov. 14 boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto.
“The Fireball Kid” flirted with a stateside move a few years ago when Zuffa — the UFC parent company — purchased the Japan-based mixed martial arts promotion; however, he decided to stay loyal and close to home, competing in front of the fans who watched him ascend to stardom in the “Land of the Rising Sun.
” He was persuaded once again to fight on US soil until Affliction MMA collapsed and left him high and dry. This may be Gomi’s final attempt at landing a deal in North America — but which promotion will pick up this promising fighter?