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Gomi Is Depressed

(Sometimes you have only one friend, and he’s somewhere at the bottom of that next mug of beer.)

In a recent interview with Sportsnavi (via Suki) Takanori Gomi talks about his fall from the top of the lightweight division and his loss to Satoru Kitaoka (video here, and it doesn’t take long) in the Sengoku lightweight Grand Prix.  Give him credit for owning up to his poor performance, as Gomi more or less says that he has sucked lately and doesn’t seem entirely hopeful that things will get better.

As you saw, I couldn’t do anything. I suppose fans who knew me since PRIDE considered that I looked like a totally different person. I don’t even know why. I didn’t feel any energy in the ring. After the fight, I felt like I was free. I thought I fulfilled my duty.
- Do you mean that you resigned from a representer of the top lightweight fighter?
I suppose so. I hadn’t proven myself in the last few fights. I was training, yet everything was fall in apart. I couldn’t put together because my training wasn’t enough. My skills went down in the last 2 years. I experienced a lot in the last 2 years. I quit Kiguchi dojo without thinking well, and started my gym. I felt responsibility to take care of my students, and I was passive about my fight. I was just waiting and see who I fought with.
- The title of the tournament was “road to Gomi”
I have no excuse about my performance and my loss. Kitaoka was entirely better than me. I I hope he becomes a great champion and defends his title.

When asked if he would take Kitaoka up on his offer of a rematch, Gomi wondered aloud whether Kitaoka would still want another go, saying, “He completely dominated me. I want him to move forward to bring more fans to Sengoku.”

Jesus Christ, Gomi.  What happened to you?  While I appreciate your willingness to accept the loss and not make a bunch of excuses that will only make you look pathetic in the long run, it seems as though you’ve lost your motivation and perhaps the will to live.  Somebody test this guy’s testosterone levels or something. 

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Whip Wilson- February 25, 2009 at 3:31 pm
Gomi wasn't in the WVR Sengoku lightweight tournament. He fought Kitaoka for the belt after Kitaoka had already won the tourney.
DAN THE VIKING- February 24, 2009 at 2:19 pm
"Human waste spews from his mouth as he converts his retarded-ness into phonetical garbage like that of a 'Keyboard Warrior'..."

Thats an exerpt from Imbecile's Biography titled 'Remedial'.
DAN THE VIKING- February 24, 2009 at 2:15 pm
Your an Imbecile.
Diaz Sucks- February 24, 2009 at 12:27 pm
@ Onan

Well, obviously.
Wandering Wade- February 24, 2009 at 12:17 pm
I haven't seen a haircut like that since I was in Kindergarten (1989).
Onan- February 24, 2009 at 12:06 pm
@ Diaz Sucks;

So your hymen is still intact huh?
Diaz Sucks- February 24, 2009 at 10:16 am
Diaz didn't break Gomi.
Diaz couldn't even break the hymen of an 18 yr old virgin.
Imbecile Left Cube- February 24, 2009 at 9:59 am

thank you Sir. may i please have another?
Officer Farva- February 24, 2009 at 9:58 am
Officer Farva- February 24, 2009 at 9:58 am

no open WIDE.....STOMP!

Respect my Authori-TI
Imbecile- February 24, 2009 at 9:55 am
will someone please kick me in my CUBES!!!

I seem to be having one of those moments again......!!
My Fight Wiffa Cheeto- February 24, 2009 at 9:54 am
OBI is going to shit. He freakin' LOVES Gomi.
Officer Farva- February 24, 2009 at 9:54 am
once again Imbecile proves...HE DOESNT KNOW SHIT!
mayhem420- February 24, 2009 at 9:52 am
Who is this guy that posts comments under my name that keeps talking about bank shit? Weird....

Sounds like Gomi might not have it in him anymore to be a top 10 fighter.
Maybe with some time off he can get that will to be a great fighter back?
Officer Farva- February 24, 2009 at 9:52 am
CP- you guys KICK ASS!!! the hyper link to BJ's cry-baby ass video was shire genius!

Respect my Authori-TI
Imbecile- February 24, 2009 at 9:33 am
Gomi was always overrated. Granted, he used to be a much better fighter than we see now, but the Bushido/Shooto lightweights being ranked as high as they were and still are is just silly. Kawajiri, Ishida, Aoki, Hansen, Alvarez, Gomi - all of them are highly overrated. Guys like Sherk, BJ, Florian, and a host of other UFC LW fighters would easily handle most of those guys. I think Frankie Edgar would be able to run through every one of those names (easily beating Aoki if he wasn't allowed his tights), and he isn't even top 5 in the UFC LW division.

I know for all those years when the UFC didn't have a LW division these guys were all that was there. And they were considered better than the former UFC lightweights because the old UFC 155 stand-outs like Jens Pulver and Yves Edwards would go over there and lose to these guys. Problem is, Pulver and Edwards are not even close to representative of the UFC LW division today. And so we now have a situation where a guy like Eddie Alvarez gets smashed by Nick Thompson, then goes on to beat a bunch of these overrated Bushido/Shooto fighters, and gets ranked higher than someone like Sean Sherk or Kenny Florian. I have seen Alvarez ranked as high as #2 in the LW division. That is crazy! I think Roger Huerta would beat Alvarez, and this guy is ranked #2?

To sum up... who cares about Gomi. He certainly used to be better than he is now, but he was never that good. He sucks now, so let's try and remember him for what he really was - an above average fighter, who got his ass handed to him by a gatekeeper like Nick Diaz.
Haywood Jah Bloughme- February 24, 2009 at 9:22 am
I think Diaz broke him. Oh and what a wonderful fight it was. But, Gomi hasn't been the same since.
iron helps us play- February 24, 2009 at 9:22 am
that's one humble-ass dude.
i wish more were like him.
Brad- February 24, 2009 at 9:19 am
he'll be back. Got to appreciate the fact that he is not being a pussy about his loss. this is the reason Gomi will be a legend and Penn will fade into obscurity.
CanadianProduce- February 24, 2009 at 9:18 am
Is Gomi drinking Goji?

If not, he should be.
Dynamite!!- February 24, 2009 at 9:18 am
gomi just needs a new nick-name or something that can get him re-interested in something that he has so much potential in. he should start calling himself the fireball man or maybe just using a symbol like prince.
rokabee- February 24, 2009 at 9:14 am
man those fuckers jus hit me wit some bank fees! >_
mayhem420- February 24, 2009 at 9:09 am
Everyone deserves a Second Chance! Everyone! You hear that Bank of America?!
MMA-hole- February 24, 2009 at 9:04 am
UFC 98's working title was "Road to Koscheck"
WASAAA- February 24, 2009 at 9:04 am
Poor Gomi :( He's got alot of talent yet lacks motivation. Reminds me of someone else...