Fan opinion: Kenny Florian vs Takanori Gomi fight breakdown

The 33 year old American Kenny Florian is 5ft 10in tall and weighs in at 155lb with a reach of 74 inches. He holds a record of 12-4(3ko,8sub) and has a black belt in BJJ and Genjitsu. He is also well versed in Muay Thai, training out of the Florian martial arts centre in Brookline Massachusetts. Kenny fights in the southpaw stance.

The 31 year old Japanese fighter Takanori Gomi is 5ft 8in tall and weighs in at 154lbs. He holds a record of 31-5(11ko,6sub) he is also a Class-A Shooto fighter and is well trained in wrestling and boxing. Gomi is also a southpaw fighter.

As usual my fight breakdowns are predictions of how I think the fight will go based on the fighters training histories, records (example KO or sub wins or losses and how many fights) and on how I think the styles may contrast. Please don’t bet your paycheck on what I write and feel free to comment or tweet me as I will only be posting these articles on Lowkick.com.

So on to the game plans. I think Florian will want to win this one by submission. We have seen that his stand up has improved of late but I think that against a knock out artist like Gomi, Florian will want to use his submission skills which have finished such fighters as Clay Guida, Joe Stevenson, Din Thomas and Alvin Robinson among others. I do think that Florian will have worked a lot on his stand up in the training for this fight as he is aware of how dangerous Gomi is on the feet, but I don’t expect Florian to look for a knockout. 

So on to Gomi: Gomi has proven to be an explosive and dangerous striker, during his years in Pride and Sengoku“>Sengoku he has beaten such fighters as Jens Pulver, Duane Ludwig, Hayato Sakurai and Jean Silva among others. He holds 11 knockouts on his record, one of which was the fastest knockout in Pride history. It came in the form of a brutal flurry of knees after 6 seconds. I think he has a good chin having never been knocked out after being tested by some top fighters in Pride  He is able to submit opponents as we know from his 6 sub victories, but we also know that he has been submitted 3 times (4 if you count the Diaz submission that was overturned) so I think Gomi will want to use his strong stand up skills.

How I think the styles may contrast is that Gomi will be the stalker keeping Florian on the back foot with his powerful stand up. I think Florian will be the ground fighter in this one looking to take Gomi down and utilize his submission skills as well as keeping Gomi from striking.

So on to the fight prediction.

Round 1. I think we will see some good foot movement from Florian. He will want to keep moving so Gomi can’t plant his feet and get a foundation for power shots. Florian, I think, will try to use a good jab in the face of Gomi but Gomi is fast and he lands with hooks to the body and head. Florian has a good chin and shakes it off while still putting his jab out there and moving well. Florian manages to grab Gomi’s leg and puts him to the canvas but Gomi is sharp and he pulls a tight guard. Florian tries to land some ground and pound but he is tied up by Gomi who moves fast off his back and soon the fight is stood up. Gomi continues to attack explosively with big hooks and Florian is backed up to the fence and in a bit of trouble as the round ends 10-9 to Gomi.

Round 2. Early on I think Gomi will take control on the feet landing good shots with knees on the inside but Kenny can land with some good rights and lefts and he is still evasive. Kenny scores a take down off a right hand from Gomi and now he is in half guard. He looks for an arm lock but Gomi shifts and pulls guard. Kenny is relentless and lands some good elbows and punches on the ground. Gomi attempts a sweep to escape but leaves himself open and Kenny has his back. Kenny works hard for the choke but Gomi resists and stays calm. Kenny is landing strikes and working to get a good choke on Gomi but his chin is down and he twists in to Florian’s guard. Now it is Gomi’s turn and he lands some heavy ground and pound. Big lefts and rights rain down and Kenny looks in trouble again he pulls Gomi’s head down but eats a big elbow as Gomi postures up and really explodes. The round ends just in time and the ref separates the two fighters. A close round but 10-9 to Kenny.

Round 3. As the two fighters come out Kenny is bruised and cut. Gomi looks the fresher of the two and in the opening exchange he rocks Kenny with a big left hand. Kenny back peddles and Gomi catches him again pushing him against the cage. Gomi lands more shots and Florian is downed, as Gomi moves in Kenny tries to grab a leg but Gomi breaks free and lands more brutal ground and pound before the ref ends the fight in favor of Gomi. Gomi to win 3rd round TKO.

Now I know a lot of people may disagree, but I am a Kenny Florian fan and he is a great fighter but after looking at the stats and histories I just don’t think he can deal with Gomi. So please don’t hate!

All comparisons and predictions are original. 



17 Comments

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    Jizzle11

    March 5, 2010 at 5:43 am

    I disagree, I think Florian is going to submit hit after dropping him..similar of what he did with Guida

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    grapplure

    March 5, 2010 at 6:09 am

    “So please don’t hate!” why do you care what people think, ah im not psychic but your single. but i agree GOMI WILL WIN

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    grapplure

    March 5, 2010 at 6:10 am

    you cant compare guida to florian, mr jiz in your mouth

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    Ninja

    March 5, 2010 at 7:06 am

    i think if the firball kid/pride gomi shows up to the octagon, it’ll be over in the first round that said i think if the fight goes to the 3rd round, gomi mite be in trouble because he could gas and kenflo could submit him. i really want gomi to win, he was a beast in pride and i want to see him rematch wit penn, thats the only good match up left for penn in the lw division i think

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    Rory Kernaghan

    March 5, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Dude the only single one here is quite obviously you

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    UndefeatedOfWest

    March 5, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    Okay, can someone explain what is genjutsu? I never knew it was an actual martial art (I believed it was a fantasy). I thought it was just that stuff they use in naruto…

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    Jizzle11

    March 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    I’m not comparing Guida to Florian moron. That doesn’t even make sense. Your dumb@ss meant to say I’m comparing Guida to Gomi.

    Second of all, I’m not comparing them. I said that similar events are going to happen.

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    GracieHunter0718

    March 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    he has a black belt in Genjitsu not not genjutsu. All it is a variation of Jiu-Jitsu

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    Rory Kernaghan

    March 6, 2010 at 3:41 am

    onemoreround like 2 days ago you were complamenting me on how well put my articles were now you are acting like a kid

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    SATAN666

    March 6, 2010 at 9:08 am

    rotten punch – i cant even stand reading these things anymore, spend time doing something else.. like its ok to call a fight but to call every bruise, cut, punch and kick, i cant even read these things anymore.

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    Rory Kernaghan

    March 6, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Then don’t dude, I’m not forcing you to read them, its just my opinion its a bit of fun chill out

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    tapoutkingzsup

    March 8, 2010 at 10:00 am

    kenny is going down faster then that but good story i was entertained

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    tapoutkingzsup

    March 8, 2010 at 10:01 am

    gomi gets a shot at penn after this so he going to want it more

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    Jonny88x

    March 9, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Possibly the dumbest thing typed in a box, ever.

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    Jonny88x

    March 9, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Good job RP. I like how you go through the fights in your head. I agree with you I think Gomi will be too strong for kenflo on the feet.

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    BlueClearSky

    March 24, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I like Gomi ,but deal with KennyFlo skilled well versed and another level of fighter as well as each fight he is getting better ….
    Don’t hate ! my prediction is Kenny other submission or OTKO

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