Former Pride FC lightweight champion Takanori Gomi will return to action against “Maestro” Dong Hyun Kim. The bout has been officially added to UFC Fight Night 117, which takes place Sept. 23 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.
Gomi is currently riding a four-fight losing streak that dates back to 2014. He has not won a fight since defeated Isaac Vallie-Flagg at UFC 172. In his last fight, he lost to Jon Tuck via first-round submission. In 2005, Gomi won a lightweight tournament to win the inaugural Pride FC title. In his run through the field, he defeated Luiz Azeredo, Tatsuya Kawajiri and Hayato Sakurai. Gomi defended the belt once before the UFC purchased the promotion.
Kim signed with the UFC in 2015. He dropped his first two bouts against Dominique Steele and Polo Reyes. However, in his last fight, Kim finally got back in the win column. On the TUF 24 Finale card, he scored a decision victory over Brendan O’Reilly. The victory improved his professional record to 14-8-3.
In the main event of UFC Fight Night 117, Ovince Saint Preux and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will face off for the second time. In their previous fight, Saint Preux finish Rua via 34-second knockout.