In a bout that seems to be long overdue, lightweight veterans Joe Lauzon and Takanori Gomi have agreed to fight at UFC on FOX 16 later this summer. The bout was announced during a segment on America’s Pregame on Fox Sports 1.

Lauzon (24-10), a veteran of the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter, was last seen on the receiving end second round TKO to Al Iaquinta at UFC 183 in January. This loss not only snapped Lauzon’s two fight win streak but also marked the first time he’d been finished since 2011. Prior to this setback, the TUF 5 veteran scored a second round TKO victory over TUF 15 winner Michael Chiesa at UFC Fight Night 50 in September. He was awarded yet another Fight of the Night for his performance, giving him a UFC record 13 post-fight bonuses. He will enter this bout with 23 career stoppage wins, including 18 by way of submission.

Gomi (35-10), the former Pride Lightweight champion and PRIDE 2005 Lightweight Grand Prix Winner, will also be looking to get back into the win column. In his most recent performance, ‘The Fireball Kid’ suffered a first round TKO loss, the first of his career, to then undefeated Myles Jury at UFC Fight Night 52. Prior to this loss earned a unanimous decision over Isaac Vallie-Flagg. He will enter this bout with 19 career stoppage wins, including 13 by way of knockout.

UFC on FOX 16 is scheduled to take plae on July 25 at the United Center in Chicago. A bantamweight title fight between current champ T.J. Dillashaw and former champion Renan Barao will serve as the main event.

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