Takanori Gomi: 'I haven't proven myself the last few fights'

An excerpt of an interview Takanori Gomi had with Japanese MMA magazine Kakutogitsushin on February 21.

How have you been since your last fight with Satoru Kitaoka?
I though you wanted to asked me about that fight. Of course, it would be nice if you tell me about that. As you saw, I couldn't do anything. I suppose fans who knew me since PRIDE considered that I looked like a totally different person. I don't even know why. I didn't feel any energy in the ring. After the fight, I felt like I was free. I thought I fulfilled my duty.

Do you mean that you resigned from a representer of the top lightweight fighter?
I suppose so. I haven't proven myself the last few fights. I was training, yet everything has fallen apart. I couldn't put together because my training wasn't enough. My skills went down in the last 2 years. I experienced a lot in the last 2 years. I quit Kiguchi dojo without thinking well, and started my gym. I felt responsibility to take care of my students, and I was passive about my fight. I was just waiting and see who I fought with.

That tournament was "road to Gomi"
I have no excuse about my performance and my loss. Kitaoka was entirely better than me. I I hope he becomes a great champion and defends his title.

Kitaoka asked you a rematch in the ring.
I wonder if he still wants the rematch. He completely dominated me. I want him to move forward to bring more fans to Sengoku.

Did you feel that you got weaker that before?
I admit that I hadn't had enough training. I didn't feel any energy and power. After Misaki's fight, I tried to concentrate and motivate myself. When arriving at the ring, I noticed that I wasn't even sweating and my intensity was getting lower. Right after the fight started, I responded to him well and cut his tackles. Though I was concerned about something, I though I should be fine if I took my time. I appreciated my fans support in that event. However, I was already exhausted mentally when I got there. "Road to Gomi" started half a year ago, but I felt like I was waiting for 10 years. It was extremely long and exhausting.

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