(Above: Kitaoka vs. Mitsuoka)
Takanori Gomi, the Japanese fighter considered one of the best MMA lightweights in the world, suffered a stunning upset at the hands of the Russian Sergey Golyaev today at World Victory Road's Sengoku 6 event.
The split decision loss is a very disappointing showing for Gomi, the former Pride lightweight champion. His record falls to 29-4, and it's the latest sign that the 30-year-old Gomi isn't the fighter he used to be; his last fight was a lackluster decision over Seung Hwan Bang, and his only fight in 2007 was a loss to Nick Diaz that was later turned into a no contest when Diaz failed a drug test.
In other World Victory Road results, Jorge Santiago and Satoru Kitaoka won the event's two tournaments, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira beat Moise Rimbon by unanimous decision.
Full Sengoku 6 results, courtesy of Sherdog, are below.
Jorge Santiago beat Siyar Bahadurzada by first-round submission (heel hook)
Kazuhiro Nakamura beat Yuki Sasaki by unanimous decision.
Kazunori Yokota beat Mizuto Hirota by unanimous decision.
Satoru Kitaoka beat Eiji Mitsuoka by first-round submission (heel hook)
Joe Doerksen beat Izuru Takeuchi by third-round TKO (strikes)
Jorge Masvidal beat Seung Hwan Bang by unanimous decision.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira beat Moise Rimbon by unanimous decision
Muhammed Lawal beat Fabio Silva by third-round TKO (strikes).
Sergey Golyaev beat Takanori Gomi by split decision.
Jorge Santiago beat Kazuhiro Nakamura by third-round TKO (strikes).
Satoru Kitaoka beat Kazunori Yokota by unanimous decision.
Below: Gomi vs. Golyaev: