Lightweights Takanori Gomi and Myles Jury have verbally agreed to meet in a three round contest at UFC Fight Night 52, which will be held at Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan on September 20. Gomi, a fan favourite in Japan, will look to hand the American Jury his first professional loss.
Takanori Gomi is a former Pride lightweight champion who entered the UFC with high expectations, but has thusfar has a tough run to the top. Though wins over Tyson Griffin and Mac Danzig were impressive, Gomi has suffered a number of setbacks and has bolstered a sub-par 4-4 record inside the Octagon.
Just one fight removed from his last appearance in Japan, Gomi will look to win his second in a row in front of his home crowd. In his last outing, Gomi won the Fight of the Night award for his performance against Isaac Vallie-Flagg, defeating the former Strikeforce veteran via unanimous decision.
Myles Jury is coming into the fight off the back of his biggest win to date, defeating Diego Sanchez at UFC 171. A former TUF Live competitor, the 25 year-old has gone 5-0 in the UFC and, as a result, earned his place in the top lightweight rankings at #9. Though Gomi is unranked, he is a big name willing to swing for the fences, making this a must-win for Jury if he wants to work his way to the title.
A win for Gomi could be enough to put himself in the lightweight rankings for the first time in a number of years, but defeating Myles Jury is no easy feat.
Mark Hunt will meet Roy Nelson in the main event for the card, with Rin Nakai set to make her UFC debut against Miesha Tate and Chris Cariaso facing prospect Kyoji Horiguchi. Alistair Overeem and Mauricio Rua have both expressed an interest in fighting on the card, with Kid Yamamoto and Yoshihiro Akiyama both set to return against yet-to-be-confirmed opponents.