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The deep end: Takanori Gomi draws Kenny Florian

Updated: January 21, 2010, 4:02 PM ET
By Jake Rossen/Sherdog.com

With B.J. Penn roughly two fights from shutting down the UFC's entire lightweight division, there's not a lot of time to coddle Takanori Gomi: According to ESPN's "MMA Live," Gomi will face perpetual contender Kenny Florian on March 31 in North Carolina.

From a promotional standpoint, it's a high-wire act. If Florian beats Gomi -- and he's certainly the more polished-looking of the two at the moment -- the UFC has euthanized a possible contender without much upside. Florian has contested ...

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