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Sotiropoulos Out, Mitsuoka In Against Takanori Gomi at UFC 144


Eiji Mitsuoka looks to make it three straight against “The Fireball Kid”

As first reported by MMAWeekly.com, George Sotiropoulos has pulled out of his upcoming bout against Takanori Gomi due to an undisclosed injury. With one month to go until UFC 144, it is likely that thirty six year old UFC newcomer Eiji Mitsuoka will now be fighting against Takanori Gomi. The UFC has yet to confirm the rumored matchup.

Don’t start screaming “squash fight!” just yet. Eiji Mitsuoka is  18-7-2 in his MMA career, with eleven of his victories coming by submission. Considering that six of Gomi’s eight losses have been by submissions, things should get interesting if Mitsuoka can get Gomi to the ground. The PRIDE veteran also holds notable victories over Joachim Hansen, Gleison Tibau and Rodrigo Damm. Mitsuoka’s most recent performance has been a unanimous decision over Bruno Carvalho at Dream: Japan GP Final on July 16, 2011. Videos available after the jump.


UFC 144 goes down on February 26 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The full fight card now looks like this:

Main card:
Lightweight Championship Bout: Frankie Edgar vs. Ben Henderson
Quinton Jackson vs. Ryan Bader
Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo
Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Jake Shields
Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon

Preliminary card:
Yushin Okami vs. Tim Boetsch
Takanori Gomi vs. Eiji Mitsuoka
Hatsu Hioki vs. Bart Palaszewski
Norifumi Yamamoto vs. Vaughan Lee
Riki Fukuda vs. Steve Cantwell
Takeya Mizugaki vs. Chris Cariaso
Tiequan Zhang vs. Leonard Garcia

So what say you, Potato Nation? Is Eiji Mitsuoka going to be one and done in the UFC, or will “The Fireball Kid” lose his third straight fight?

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fatbellyfrank- January 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm
@ GSot, get well mate,its still all ahead of ya Buddy, Second wind champ
XENOPHON- January 28, 2012 at 3:13 pm
How about:
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Anthony Pettis vs. Joe Lauzon?
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Mark Hunt vs. Cheick Kongo
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Quinton Jackson vs. Ryan Bader
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Any tips?
bootystar- January 28, 2012 at 2:13 pm
manny vs that other dude for the 7th time, maybe that can have tito vs shamrock 6
bootystar- January 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm
the ufc is gonna have to start raiding japan for fighters cuz they really only show the same 20 to 30 fighter fight each other every other week, this is most likely another reason for prides fall, & boxing. same two guys fighting every six months, yeah.
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