Forget seeing Takanori Gomi in the UFC/WEC anytime soon, Sherdog is reporting the veteran PRIDE lightweight has signed with the newly formed World Victory Road (WVR) in Japan. While no opponent has been named, Gomi is expected to fight in March 5 at the debut of the Sengoku card.
Gomi, 29, was one of MMA’s most prized free agents following the Zuffa buyout of the PRIDE Fighting Championships last year. Gomi has been courted by several promoters in recent months, including K-1 and HERO’S parent company Fight Entertainment Group, as well as UFC and WEC company Zuffa.
While the source could not confirm the length of Gomi’s deal with WVR, the deal will see Gomi debut for the promotion on their March 5 Sengoku card at Yoyogi National Gymnasium No. 1. The Japanese standout will earn approximately $190,000 USD per bout.