Ulysses Gomez

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Ulysses Gomez
Born (1983-05-25) May 25, 1983 (age 37)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Other namesUseless
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight125 lb (57 kg; 8.9 st)
Division Flyweight (2008-present)
Bantamweight (2010-12)
Reach66 in (168 cm)
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada
TeamSimpson Go's Cobra Kai
TrainerSimpson Go (jiu-jitsu) Gil Martinez (striking)
Rank  Brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Years active2008–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total14
Wins9
By submission7
By decision2
Losses5
By knockout1
By submission1
By decision3
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Ulysses Gomez (Los Angeles, May 25, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the flyweight and bantamweight divisions. A professional MMA competitor since 2007, Gomez has mostly fought in PFC and Tachi Palace Fights and is also known for his grappling career.

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Early life

Gomez was born in Los Angeles, California to two Mexican immigrants. [1] He is the brother of footballer and U.S. national team representative Herculez Gomez. Before his fights, Ulysses has worn the shirt of the club that his brother plays for. This has included the Kansas City Wizards and Puebla FC. [2]

Mixed martial arts career

Background

Gomez has been training with Marc Laimon since he was in high school. Gomez' high school wrestling coach was UFC veteran and Nova União black belt Tony DeSouza. In 2004, Gomez helped Laimon found the Cobra Kai Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he trained and taught the children's class. Since Marc Laimons move to Texas in 2010, Gomez is now training under Laimon's 1st Blackbelt and now owner of Cobra Kai, Simpson Go. [3]

Early career

Gomez began his career in PFC, in Lemoore, California. Gomez quickly amassed a record of 2–0, both via submission. Gomez then fought Thai Rambaa Somdet and lost via unanimous decision.

In his final fight for the Palace Fights Championship, Gomez defeated David Suarez. [4]

Gomez then joined Tachi Palace Fights and competed in their first event, against Martin Sandoval. [5]

In his second appearance for Tachi Palace Fights, Gomez defeated Chino Nicholas via technical submission (standing guillotine choke), when Nicholas refused to tap and passed out. [6]

Gomez fought Luis Gonzalez for the inaugural Tachi Palace Fights Flyweight Championship at TPF 4: Cinco de Mayhem. Gomez defeated Gonzalez to take the title, but then immediately announced his signing with Bellator, in addition to his move in weight class. [7] The fight was closely fought and Gomez' decision victory over Gonzalez was heavily booed by the crowd. [8]

Bellator Fighting Championships

In May 2010, Gomez signed with Bellator Fighting Championships and moved up a weight class, to compete in their upcoming bantamweight tournament in their third season. [9]

In his opening round fight, at Bellator 27, Gomez faced Travis Reddinger, which Gomez won via split decision. Gomez would have faced Zach Makovsky in the semi-final; however, Gomez had to withdraw with a staph infection. [10]

Ultimate Fighting Championship

Gomez made his promotional debut against John Moraga on August 4, 2012 at UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera. [11] He lost the fight via KO in the first round.

Gomez next faced Phil Harris on February 16, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV: Barão vs. McDonald. [12] Gomez lost the fight by unanimous decision and was subsequently released from the promotion. [13]

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
14 matches9 wins5 losses
By knockout01
By submission71
By decision23
Res.RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocationNotes
Loss9–5 Abel Cullum Submission (guillotine choke)RFA 18: Manzanares vs. PantojaSeptember 12, 201411:29 Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Loss9–4 Phil Harris Decision (unanimous) UFC on Fuel TV: Barão vs. McDonald February 16, 201335:00 London, England
Loss9–3 John Moraga KO (elbows and punches) UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera August 4, 201213:46 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win9–2 Cody Gibson Submission (guillotine choke) TPF 11: Redemption December 2, 201132:36 Lemoore, California, United StatesWon TPF Bantamweight Championship
Win8–2Drew BittnerSubmission (rear-naked choke) TPF 10: Let The Chips Fall August 5, 201121:21 Lemoore, California, United StatesFought at Bantamweight
Loss7–2 Darrell Montague Decision (unanimous) TPF 8: All or Nothing February 18, 201155:00 Lemoore, California, United StatesLost TPF Flyweight Championship
Win7–1Travis ReddingerDecision (split) Bellator 27 September 2, 201035:00 San Antonio, Texas, United StatesBW Quarterfinal Tournament Bout
Win6–1Luis GonzalezDecision (unanimous) TPF 4: Cinco de Mayhem May 5, 201055:00 Lemoore, California, United StatesWon first-ever TPF Flyweight Championship
Win5–1Chino NicolasSubmission (guillotine choke) TPF 2: Brawl in the Hall December 3, 200914:31 Lemoore, California, United States
Win4–1Martin SandovalSubmission (rear-naked choke) TPF 1: Tachi Palace Fights 1 October 8, 200920:36 Lemoore, California, United States
Win3–1David SuarezSubmission (rear-naked choke) PFC: Best of Both Worlds February 6, 200911:45 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss2–1 Rambaa Somdet Decision (unanimous) PFC 11: All In November 20, 200833:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win2–0 Hector Sandoval Submission (armbar) PFC 9: The Return July 18, 200810:51 Lemoore, California, United States
Win1–0Greg McDowellSubmission (choke) PFC 7: Palace Fighting Championship 7 May 20, 200810:41 Lemoore, California, United States

Grappling career

Gomez is a highly accomplished grappler, having won multiple awards and competitions. These include being ranked top of his weight class in Grapplers Quest. [14] Gomez also competed in Pancrase. Gomez began as a beginner, entering himself into pro divisions and "began submitting black belts shortly after receiving his blue belt" [3]

Gomez then main evented the opening day of the inaugural UFC Fan Expo in a Grapplers Quest exhibition match against Shooto tournament winner and 40-fight MMA veteran Rumina Sato; [15] a natural featherweight. [16] Gomez was defeated by submission (armbar). [17]

Championships and awards

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