The Legendary Fight: How Nick Diaz Outsmarted Takanori Gomi with a Rare Submission

Mia Nightshade

Updated Tuesday, July 2, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

Nick Diaz is renowned in the MMA world for his unique fighting style and remarkable achievements. One of his most unforgettable moments came during his legendary fight against Takanori Gomi, also known as "The Golden Child of Pride." This match showcased why Nick Diaz was so different from other fighters, as he executed one of the rarest and coolest submissions in MMA history—the gogoplata.

In this intense bout, Gomi landed a right hand midway through the first round, putting Diaz in a challenging position. However, Gomi expended all his energy trying to finish the fight early, ultimately tiring himself out. Seizing the opportunity, Diaz allowed himself to be taken down with a double-leg takedown, landing safely in the closed guard.

Gomi made a crucial mistake by placing his hands on the mat, giving Diaz the opening he needed. Diaz brought his left leg into a rubber guard position, effectively trapping Gomi's arm and left shoulder. While most fighters would go for a traditional omoplata from this position, Diaz had other plans. He aimed to choke Gomi and masterfully weaved his ankle underneath Gomi's chin, setting up the gogoplata.

As Gomi struggled to maintain control, Diaz executed the final move flawlessly. He threw his leg over Gomi's other shoulder and pulled Gomi's neck down into his own ankle, securing a decisive tap out. This incredible submission not only secured Diaz's victory but also cemented his place in MMA history.

Witness the full breakdown of this iconic fight and see how Nick Diaz's brilliance and unorthodox techniques led to one of the most extraordinary moments in the sport. Watch the complete video to relive this legendary match and appreciate the artistry behind Diaz's gogoplata submission.

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