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Latest On Gomi! Vale Tudo Japan 2009 In November

From Gomi’s latest interview in MMA magazine Kamipro it seems that he is currently in negotiations with Strikeforce, Affliction, and UFC. However, since he showed intentions to participate at Vale Tudo Japan 2009 in November, it looks like an exclusive contract with UFC won’t work.

Strikeforce have presented Gomi the right to challenge the winner of Thomson vs. Melendez, but negotiations are quite rough going.

The reason that the negotiations with Strikeforce and Affliction are quite rough going right now is because of the fight money. It seems like there is a gap between the money that Gomi’s side wants and what the organizations are offering.

Dana White and Gomi’s side were having developments the year before last also, but they couldn’t get to an agreement because of money either.

It seems that Strikeforce’s offer with a win bonus, a title challenge, Showtime (tv, sponsors, etc.) is the best. However, because of the base pay they haven’t come to an agreement yet. If Gomi signs with Strikeforce, he will probably have his first fight on their August 15th or September events.

Source: Tsudureya Blog

  1. whomever
    June 29, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Tom Atencio talked with MMA Weekly after his fight his weekend and said about Gomi: “Yeah, we’re still working on it, we’re finalizing everything, but it looks like it’s gonna go through. I’m not 100-percent yet, but we’re still working on it for sure.. I don’t want to say (his opponent) because it’s up in the air.”

    I would rather that Gomi goes to Strikeforce, because that could potential open up some match ups with DREAM guys that Strikeforce could bring over.

    But shouldn’t Gomi realize that he won’t get his Japanese pay scale in America? And if that pay is such a sticking point, why doesn’t he realize it’s something he will have to sacrifice if he wants to fight in America?

  2. tinobar
    June 29, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    gomi got payed way to much from sengoku he should not expect anyone to pay him something close to that not in japan and fo sho not in the u.s

  3. kawa's boy toy
    June 29, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Agreed. We totally screwed Sengoku with the crap performance he displayed and the high fight pay he wanted. It’s no wonder other fight organizations are hesitant. I still don’t think he is 100% focused on fighting right now, and his insistance in wanting a higher pay is proof that he just wants money more than he wants a title.

  4. kurva mater
    June 29, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    >It seems that Strikeforce’s offer with a win bonus, a title >challenge, Showtime (tv, sponsors, etc.) is the best.
    Plus Strikeforce’s Coker wouldnt have problems with him fighting in Japan and any other lucrative fight offers. That seems like a big plus in any equation.

    And there is NOTHING wrong with fighters wanting money. Promoters want more money too. If you want amateurs, go to the Olym… never mind, everyone wants the money.

    Can you give more info on Vale Tudo Japan 2009 please?
    History, whose involved in organization, which fighters could take part theoretiacly, the format of the competition (old school one day tournament?), who they have partnered with, any problems from other orgs, will it be a annual event or more than one show planned?

    As a Hickson nuthugger, just the name is giving me the hot flashes….

  5. CJN
    June 29, 2009 at 9:20 pm

    Shit, I can’t wait for VTJ 2009.

    Here’s hoping they bring back the tournament…

  6. ShootJunkie
    June 30, 2009 at 12:50 am

    As far as I’m concerned StrikeForce/Affliction is the best for Gomi. If you sign with one, you know you’re going to get fights with the other. We’ve seen them share talent before, no reason why they wouldn’t share Gomi. The contracts would be inexclusive, so he’d still be able to fight in Japan. It makes sense from both a monetary angle and for fighting often.

  7. June 30, 2009 at 6:39 am

    There isn’t much info on it yet. Fighters who I have heard are possibly Joachim Hansen, and Takanori Gomi. Since this is a Shooto event, probably a lot of the top Shooto fighters.

    And I don’t know if they are gonna do a tournament, but the fights will not have the same time format as the previous ones.

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