Found February 25, 2012 on hov-mma:
PLAYERS: Takanori Gomi

Hometown hero Takanori Gomi survived a late 1st Round scare Sunday afternoon in Saitama, Japan. His opponent Eiji Mitsuoka caught him with a brutal counter right. Instead of going for the TKO, Mitsuoka followed Gomi to the ground and looked to flatten his opponent out, sinking in the triangle. Luckily for Gomi he was saved by the bell and the fight continued.

Gomi entered Round 2 throwing with reckless abandon, looking to go out on his shield. Mitsuoka was more than happy to oblige. Gomi landing some heavy shots, sensing his opponent losing steam, finished a curled up Mitsuoka with a dozen or more consecutive shots. Mitsuoka has to be kicking himself for not simply pounding a dazed Gomi out when he had the chance late in the 1st.

Takanori Gomi (33-8) defeats Eiji Mitsuoka (18-8-2) via TKO (strikes) (Round 2, 2:21)


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