Originally written February 25, 2012 on Fox Sports:
Preliminary bouts (on FX): Takanori Gomi (32-8) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (18-7-2) After decisive back-to-back losses against Nate Diaz and Clay Guida, the once dominant Pride champion returns to his native land for a fight that could seal his fate with the UFC. Gomi, 33, earned his nickname "The Fireball Kid" for a string of spectacular finishes during his prime, including his crushing six-second knockout of Ralph Gracie at Pride Bushido 3, the fastest knockout in the now-defunct organization's history, as well as finishes over Charles "Krazy Horse" Bennett, Jens Pulver, Luiz Azeredo, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Hayato Sakurai. From 2004 to 2006, Gomi was indeed the man to beat at 155 pounds. The Japanese southpaw began a decline in recent years, losing numerous fights by submission against the likes of Kenny Florian, Satoru Kitaoka, Marcus Aurelio and Nick Diaz, a result that was later changed to a no-contest due to Diaz testing positive for marijuana. Gomi's UFC...
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