Last week there was a big shitstorm between Five Ounces and us here at Fightlinker. We said Takanori Gomi was never close to signing with the UFC and reports that Frankie Edgar had been given an agreement to fight him** were bullshit. 5ounces stuck by their story and called us ignorant no-nothings relying on bogus forum posts for sources. And while that statement is pretty much 100% accurate, it looks like we were right this time anyways!
We had the chance to speak with undefeated UFC Lightweight Frankie Edgar about the rumor regarding a possible bout with Takanori Gomi that fell through last week. Edgar told us, “there was rumors going around that he was my next opponent, I knew it wasn’t true because the UFC didn’t say anything to me and I didn’t think that he was signed to the UFC.” What was true was the fact that Edgar was willing to jump into the Octagon with Gomi though, “I told my manager Steve Rivera to inquire about Gomi to see if he is available for a fight, like I thought he wasn’t even signed to the UFC so nothing ever amassed.”
It looks like we all jumped the gun on this one, because now Gomi has signed with World Victory Road to fight on March 5th. Gomi is another PRIDE fighter that the UFC had in attendance but was unable to sign. The other fighter who the UFC has had in attendance and couldn’t sign was fellow Hayato “Mach” Sakurai.
Edgar went on to tell us that he wasn’t even sure if the talks between the UFC and Gomi were even close to being serious when he added, “I don’t even know if there were even ever talks with him [Takanori Gomi].”
I look at it like this: sources tell you all sorts of shit, and even if it’s a reliable source, they’re not always right. I have managed to be very wrong all by myself on many occasions, but I’ve also been right quite a bit too. The good news is that regardless of if we’re right or wrong, what we (bloggers) say shakes the palm tree that is MMA, and ripe coconuts of truth tend to fall out. I’ve never believed in the whole “gotta be right all the time” thing (which should be painfully obvious to any regular readers), because you rarely get the full ‘correct’ story until weeks or months afterwards. And if no one says anything in the first place, who knows if there’s even going to be a follow up?
I’m pretty much telling you guys here and now: I am most definitely going to say shit which is stupid and dumb and wrong. But every time I do get wrong, I will make sure you all know it.
**CORRECTION** Well, that didn’t take long. We just said that 5ounces claimed “Frankie Edgar had been given an agreement to fight” Gomi. The original claim was that Frankie “had been offered and accepted a potential bout vs. Gomi”. I’m not exactly sure how that’s too different, but apparently it is so there you go.