Despite an upset loss to relative-unknown Sergey Golyaev on Saturday at Sengoku 6, Takanori Gomi will meet lightweight grand prix winner Satoru Kitaoka for the vacant Sengoku lightweight title on January 4th in Japan, according to Sherdog.
“I have no need to fight that Russian fighter (Golyaev),” Kitaoka said at the post-fight press conference. “If it was me in there tonight, I would have crushed that Russian in seconds. I had a tougher time than Gomi — my two fights tonight and my training for them — so that’s why I said what I said [when I challenged Gomi in the ring]. Anyone have a problem with that?”
Gomi, a top lightweight ranked as high as number two in the 155-pound division prior to his surprising loss, will look to rebound from three-straight lackluster performances when he takes on Kitaoka in January, and should he emerge victorious his first defense of the lightweight title could be a rematch with Golyaev.