Takanori Gomi ruled over the lightweight division in Japan. | Photo: Daniel Herbertson/Sherdog.com
“The Fireball Kid”
Gomi was one of Pride Fighting Championships’ most successful fighters. An exciting standup brawler, his brutal knockouts made him the Japanese lightweight division’s biggest star. He won 10 straight fights in Pride, including clean knockouts of Jens Pulver and Hayato Sakurai, plus a submission over dangerous Shooto invader Tatsuya Kawajiri. He won the 2005 Pride lightweight grand prix and defended his title until the organization closed two years later. Gomi dominated an era, and he did it in style.
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