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Takanori Gomi Wants a Contract with UFC or Strikeforce



“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?

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