Takanori Gomi. Photo courtesy of World Victory Road.
Despite being one of the world’s top-ranked lightweights for a number of years, Takanori Gomi fell victim to World Victory Road’s mediocre roster of 155 lb. fighters as he lost a split decision to M-1 veteran Sergey Golyaev at Sengoku IV on Saturday morning in Japan.
“The Fireball Kid” was unable to get past Golyaev’s swift striking, which earned the Russian points early and often during their battle. Golyaev used his reach advantage to keep Gomi at a distance throughout their battle and even dropped him with a left hook in the second round. Despite the loss, Gomi will likely challenge WVR lightweight tournament winner Satoru Kitaoka at the organization’s January 4 event. Kitaoka bested Kazunori Yokota and Eiji Mitsuoka to win the inaugural tourney.
UFC and Strikeforce veteran Jorge Santiago continued his run through the middleweight division by stopping Siyar Bahadurzada and former PRIDE light heavyweight standout Kazuhiro Nakamura en route to winning the middleweight grand prix.
Notable veterans that were also victorious on the card included Joe Doerksen earning a third-round TKO of Izuru Takeuchi and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira winning an unanimous decision over Moise Rimbon.
Complete results from the event:
Middleweight Grand Prix:
Jorge Santiago def. Siyar Bahadurzada - Submission (Heel Hook)
Kazuhiro Nakamura def. Yuki Sasaki - Unanimous Decision
Jorge Santiago def. Kazuhiro Nakamura - TKO (Strikes)
Lightweight Grand Prix:
Kazunori Yokota def. Mizuto Hirota - Unanimous Decision
Satoru Kitaoka def. Eiji Mitsuoka - Submission (Heel Hook)
Satoru Kitaoka def. Kazunori Yokota - Unanimous Decision
Joe Doerksen def. Izuru Takeuchi - TKO (Strikes)
Jorge Masvidal def. Seung Hwan Bang - Unanimous Decision
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Moise Rimbon - Unanimous Decision
Muhammed Lawal def. Fabio Silva - TKO (Strikes)
Sergey Golyaev def. Takanori Gomi - Split Decision
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