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January 3, 2010 5:43 PM

Takanori Gomi signs with the UFC

With the UFC 108 event taking center focus Saturday, Dana White announced the signing of Japanese lightweight fighter Takanori Gomi (31-5).

It is unknown at the current time just when the Pride veteran will make his Octagon debut or who it will come against but one thing is for certain, his addition will bring added depth to a division where champion BJ Penn is beginning to clean out.

While it isn't confirmed just yet, the early rumors are that Gomi will take on UFC veteran Kenny Florian in his debut. Florian (12-4) recently defeated Clay Guida as he works his way back to the top of the contender heap for another shot at Penn.


"The Fireball Kid" was once considered as one of , if not the best lightweight fighters in the world. However, since that moment in time a couple of years ago, Penn has reigned supreme at 155 lbs in the toughest MMA promotion in the World and Gomi has been widely inconsistent.

Will Gomi be able to regain his old form? That's the big question for the UFC.

Live gate for 108 approximately $2 million

In the UFC's 2010 debut event, 108: Evans vs. Silva attracted 13, 255 in attendance for a live gate of approximately $2 million according to UFC President Dana White at the postfight press conference.

The January 2nd event, which took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada and aired live on Spike TV and pay-per-view.

Those figures will rank it as one of the bottom half events that have taken place at the arena. The ppv numbers will take another month or so to be officially determined.

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