Two veteran Japanese lightweights have been added to Tokyo’s UFC Fight Night 117 in September.
Dong Hyun Kim (14-8-3), who started in 2007 in the Spirit Martial Challenge promotion as an 18 year old teenager, will take on former PRIDE and Shooto champion Takanori Gomi (35-13-0, 1NC).
Both fighters are looking to generate some needed momentum in the octagon. Kim is 1-2-0 in the UFC, with his last fight a decision win over Brendan O’Reilly at the TUF 24 Finale.
Gomi is on the bubble, with four consecutive stoppage defeats, losing to Jon Tuck in his last bout at UFC Fight Night 111 in June.
UFC Fight Night 117 is scheduled for Sept. 23 at the Saitama Super Arena. The card currently includes:
Mauricio Rua (25-10-0) vs. Ovince Saint Preux (20-10-0)
Jessica Andrade (16-6-0) vs. Claudia Gadelha (15-2-0)
Henrique da Silva (12-3-0) vs. Gokhan Saki (0-1-0)
Rolando Dy (8-5-1) vs. Teruto Ishihara (9-4-2)
Mizuto Hirota (18-8-2) vs. Charles Rosa (11-3-0)
Takanori Gomi (35-13-0, 1NC) vs Dong Hyun Kim (14-8-3)
Alex Morono (13-4-0) vs. Keita Nakamura (32-8-2)
Jussier Formiga (19-5-0) vs. Ulka Sasaki (20-4-2)
Chan-Mi Jeon (5-1-0) vs. Syuri Kondo (5-0-0)
Daichi Abe (5-0-0) vs. Hyun Gyu Lim (13-6-1)
Shinsho Anzai (12-3-0) vs. Luke Jumeau (9-2-0)
Naoki Inoue (11-0-0) vs. Jenel Lausa (7-3-0)