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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Gomi still wrestling with U.S. offers

Takanori Gomi
Don't know Takanori Gomi? If you're an MMA fan in the U.S., that may not change any time soon.

It's nice to be in demand. According to Japanese blog NightmareofBattle, Sengoku athlete Takanori Gomi is being courted by several major stateside promotions for a summer or fall engagement.

The holdup is -- what else? -- money. Gomi apparently is balking at the discounted rate being offered by promotions that are mindful he isn't much of a draw in the U.S. at this point. I wouldn't hold my breath for a resolution, either; several Japanese athletes have flirted with overseas competition in the past, only to decide they're better off financially staying put.