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Clay Guida Confirms Takanori Gomi Fight at UFC 125



(Over/under on how many times Joe Rogan will use the word "warrior" during the fight: 27. Photos courtesy of MMAWeekly)

During an appearance on ESPN 1000′s "MMA Tonight" on Sunday, UFC lightweight contender Clay Guida confirmed that he’ll be facing Japanese legend Takanori Gomi at UFC 125 (January 1st, Las Vegas). Guida originally hinted at the matchup last month, when he tweeted that his next fight would be "a big one" against a guy with "ALOT of power in his hands." As the Carpenter told the hosts of MMA Tonight, "[Gomi was] One of my favorite fighters growing up watching MMA…I look up to him, and I’m going to look forward to picking him up off the ground after I ground and pound him into the canvas."

Guida has gone 2-0 this year, scoring submission victories against Shannon Gugerty and Rafael Dos Anjos. Though Gomi was choked out by Kenny Florian in his UFC debut in March, he roared back to relevance with a thunderous knockout of Tyson Griffin at UFC Live: Jones vs. Matyushenko.

The current list of matchups that have been reported for UFC 125 is after the jump…


Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard
Nate Diaz vs. Dong Hyun Kim
Clay Guida vs. Takanori Gomi
Antonio McKee vs. Jacob Volkmann
Thiago Silva vs. Brandon Vera
Chris Leben vs. Brian Stann
Shane Carwin vs TBA (possibly Roy Nelson)

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BryanF- October 11, 2010 at 10:44 am
IT IS IMPOSSIBRUUUU!!!!

War Gomi!
NinJay- October 11, 2010 at 10:07 am
I can't wait to see Guida dry hump Gomi all the way back down the 155 contender list.

Most of these fights are just eh. I will be entertained if the put Carwin and nelson together.

Leban is always fun to watch.

I know Rampage v Machida is coming up but what the hell happened to UFC's great 205 class? Seems like I haven't seen any of these guys fight in years.
Merlin- October 11, 2010 at 9:18 am
THANK GOD OUR MATCH - MAKERS AREN'T LIKE OUR JUDGES.
steampunk22- October 11, 2010 at 9:17 am
@jimbonics

I think this was done intentionally. To sort of, slow Leben's roll a bit. He's been on such a mad tear lately, and Akiyama was a pretty big name opponent. If the natural progression continued, he'd be gunning for a title shot pretty quick. This feels a lot like a tune-up fight just for Leben to keep busy, IMHO.
jimbonics- October 11, 2010 at 8:09 am
Love this card. Wish they would have given Leben a bigger name though. Can't see Stann doing much to push the Fatherless One into title contention.
C-Bus Allstar- October 11, 2010 at 7:55 am
It's going to take a lot more big name match-ups for me to even fake being interested in seeing this card. I mean seriously, Maynard Vs. Edgar? I can't see that fight being anything but boring.
Fried Taco- October 11, 2010 at 7:49 am
What's the over/under on how many times Goldberg says "hair"?
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