Preview UFC 135: Nate Diaz vs Takanori Gomi

In Sports on September 23, 2011 at 8:00 am

Nate Diaz Triangle

This weekend Stockton’s Nate Diaz will take on Takanori Gomi in the undercard of this weekend’s UFC 135 PPV (which is main evented by a Lightheavyweight Championship fight between Jon “Bones” Jones (c) and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson). With Nick Diaz and his shenanigans making headlines lately this fight has gone overlooked so I’ll give it a quick preview here.

Diaz has had somewhat of a rocky couple years losing 5 of his previous 8 fights, most recently losing his last 2 fights by 3 round unanimous decisions to Rory MacDonald and Dong Hyun Kim. It is important to note that all of those losses (and all but one loss over the course of Diaz’s professional career) came via the judges scorecard. Nate may not be enjoying the success his brother has recently, he definitely does share his endurance. Like his brother, Nate is a skilled practitioner of Cesar Gracie’s brand of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, which he’s put to use to win 9 of his career fights via submission. That should come in handy against Gomi who previously lost to the elder Diaz via submission (gogoplata) while fighting for the now defunct Pride Fighting Championship organization (a loss that was eventually wiped from record after Nick tested positive for marijuana in a post-fight drug test).

Gomi himself hasn’t had much luck in the cage since joining the UFC in 2010. He’s lost 2 of his 3 fights in the octagon, both submission losses to Clay Guida and Kenny Florian. Gomi is more of a wrestler and striker, winning a majority of his fights by either decision of knockout. Gomi holds an experience edge over Diaz, his first professional fight was in 1998, when his opponent was still in middle school.

Come Saturday, Nate Diaz will more than likely be back on the winning track. His endurance and technical skill will outmatch Gomi in what should be an entertaining bout and I predict a win via submission in the 2nd or 3rd round. After the loss Gomi will probably be cut by UFC President Dana White and Diaz will continue on his quest to reclimb the ladder of the lightweight division.


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