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    -- Florian Vs Gomi Confirmed UFN 21--


    UFC president Dana White made it official yesterday, announcing that Dover native Kenny Florian’s next fight will be March 31 against Takanori Gomi of Japan in Charlotte in the main event of UFC Fight Night 21 on Spike TV.

    “Gomi is a big star in Japan,’’ said White. “This guy fought in the Pride organization and we’ve been batting back and forth with this guy for a while. We finally got him and we’re bringing him in and his first fight is against Kenny Florian.’’

    Even if Florian defeats Gomi, White said that wouldn’t be enough to propel him back into the top contender spot against reigning lightweight champion B.J. Penn.

    “He’s a ways away from that,’’ said White. “After he gets through the Gomi fight, we’ll figure out what he does next. He’s got to make it through him first, that’s a really tough fight. Gomi is powerful with both hands, he can knock you out with either hand, and he’s a great wrestler.’’

    Florian isn’t the only local product on the card. Middleweight Jorge Rivera, a native of Milford, will take on Nate Quarry.

    The next pay-per-view event for the organization is UFC 109, featuring Randy Couture vs. Mark Coleman in Las Vegas Saturday night.

    White said he didn’t have an update on the upcoming UFC event at TD Garden. He said they are still aiming for August, but reports of an Aug. 28 date are premature.

    “We’re working on it,’’ said White, who expects to have the event locked in within a month.

    Asked if heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar, who continues his recovery from diverticulitis, will be on the card here, White said he thinks Lesnar might make his return to the octagon in July.

    “Anything can happen, though,’’ he said. “Guys get injured, something could happen. He could end up falling on that Boston card.’’
    Florian draws Japanese star in next UFC fight - The Boston Globe
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    Poor Gomi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Poor Gomi.
    you think kenflo is that much of a beast?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonG42O View Post
    you think kenflo is that much of a beast?
    I personally don't think Kenflo is a "beast," but he's a tough UFC debut opponent. Kenflo's cage press strategy against BJ was only weird and less then comfortable to BJ (or any veteran "cage fighter" probably), but if Kenflo pressed and held Gomi up against a cage, it may actually mess with Gomi's head and fluster him. Ring fighters tend to get beat by cage shock, more then anything it seems.
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    This is not a good matchup for Gomi to debut with at all. I am expecting a rather nonchalant win for KenFlo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AE14 View Post
    This is not a good matchup for Gomi to debut with at all. I am expecting a rather nonchalant win for KenFlo.
    I hope it's not a nonchalant win I actually like Gomi, but I agree that it's a terrible debut match up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    I personally don't think Kenflo is a "beast," but he's a tough UFC debut opponent. Kenflo's cage press strategy against BJ was only weird and less then comfortable to BJ (or any veteran "cage fighter" probably), but if Kenflo pressed and held Gomi up against a cage, it may actually mess with Gomi's head and fluster him. Ring fighters tend to get beat by cage shock, more then anything it seems.
    unless you are Fedor, then you get into the cage and blast the dudes head to the 5th row
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    Quote Originally Posted by AntonG42O View Post
    unless you are Fedor, then you get into the cage and blast the dudes head to the 5th row
    If you're Fedor you just force-push off the cage.
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    Gomi's been in a cage before (v Penn), but he hasn't looked right in about 4 years now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rodja View Post
    Gomi's been in a cage before (v Penn), but he hasn't looked right in about 4 years now.
    Oh yeah, Rumble on the Rocks I believe. I liked how BJ displayed his monkey-jitsu on Gomi's back.

    Did Gomi completely stop fighting to take care of his child for awhile? Or did he just slow down?
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