The UFC’s first foray into China is very important. Each main card fight—heck, even the preliminary card fights—at UFC on Fuel TV 6 plays an integral part in the UFC’s attempt to break into the Chinese market. Exciting, interesting fights are a must to help bring the UFC the lucrative opportunity of the burgeoning country of China.

Outside of that, there is one fight that sticks out for a country that isn’t China and for a fighter who is at the crossroads of his career and in danger of being a failure in his UFC tenure.

Takanori Gomi was once seen as the next best fighter coming out of Japan, a country with a rich tradition in the mixed martial arts world. Some people had Gomi as a top lightweight, if not the top lightweight, in the world at one point before his career in the UFC.

Like many of his Japanese countrymen though, Gomi couldn’t quite duplicate his success once he entered the Octagon. After a 31-5 record outside of the UFC that included wins over Jens Pulver, Duane Ludwig and Hayato Sakurai, Gomi has gone just 2-3 in the UFC.

Granted all of his losses have come against top competition, but Gomi was seen as a guy who could handle the tough, rigid competition that is the UFC lightweight division.

Much like Gomi, Japan has failed to continue its success in MMA. Pride has fallen, Dream lives on in uncertainty and many of the nation’s top fighters have failed to really live up to their full potential.

Gomi can be that guy that steps up and takes over the reigns of Japanese MMA. Gomi was a really exciting fighter in his best days and had a tremendous amount of potential. If he can finally live up to it and make a run at the title, he can help breathe life back into Japan’s MMA scene. And helping to revive Japanese MMA could be an important step towards dominating the Asian market.

Gomi is at that crossroads though, as his fight with Mac Danzig this Saturday in Macau could make or break him. A victory gives him his first winning streak in the UFC, whereas a loss pushes him further back and really begins to beg the question “Is Takanori Gomi a bust?”

Danzig is another guy who has failed to really live up to his potential. After winning back-to-back fights to begin his UFC career, Danzig has gone 3-5 and is now one fight away from having his first winning streak since the beginning of his UFC career.

The battle between Gomi and Danzig is a very exciting, tantalizing match-up, and both guys will undoubtedly put on a show. However, where Danzig is fighting for his career, Gomi is fighting for both his career and his country.

Photo: Takanori Gomi (Heavy MMA)

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Sal DeRose
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Sal hails from New Jersey and is currently training for his first MMA fight. He hopes to use his knowledge and insight to generate articles that interest and entertain you. Outside of MMA, Sal is a big fan of every other sport. He's a diehard New York sports fan, with the exception of cheering for the Packers.