Ulysses Gomez

Ulysses Gomez is a Mexican Americanmixed martial artist who competes in theflyweight 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.


Early life

Gomez was born in Los Angeles, California to two Mexican immigrants. 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.

Mixed martial arts career


Gomez has been training with 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 has been training and teaching the children’s classes ever since.

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.

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

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.

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. The fight was closely fought and Gomez’ decision victory over Gonzalez was heavily booed by the crowd.

Bellator Fighting Championship

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

In his opening round fight, at Bellator 27, Gomez faced , 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.

Ultimate Fighting Champioship

Gomez is expected to make his promotional debut against on August 4, 2012 at UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera.

Mixed martial arts record

Professional record breakdown
11 matches 9 wins 2 losses
By knockout 0 0
By submission 7 0
By decision 2 2
Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 9–2 Cody Gibson Submission (guillotine choke) Tachi Palace Fights 11 December 2, 2011 3 2:36 Lemoore, California, United States Won TPF Bantamweight Championship
Win 8–2 Drew Bittner Submission (rear-naked choke) TPF 10: Tachi Palace Fights 10 August 5, 2011 2 1:21 Lemoore, California, United States Fought at Bantamweight
Loss 7–2 Darrell Montague Decision (unanimous) TPF 8: All or Nothing February 18, 2011 5 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States Lost TPF Flyweight Championship
Win 7–1 Travis Reddinger Decision (split) Bellator 27 September 2, 2010 3 5:00 San Antonio, Texas, United States BW Quarterfinal Tournament Bout
Win 6–1 Luis Gonzalez Decision (unanimous) Tachi Palace Fights 4: Cinco de Mayhem May 5, 2010 5 5:00 Lemoore, California, United States Won first-ever TPF Flyweight Championship
Win 5–1 Chino Nicolas Submission (guillotine choke) Tachi Palace Fights 2: Brawl in the Hall December 3, 2009 1 4:31 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 4–1 Martin Sandoval Submission (rear-naked choke) Tachi Palace Fights: Most Wanted October 8, 2009 2 0:36 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 3–1 David Suarez Submission (rear-naked choke) PFC: Best of Both Worlds February 6, 2009 1 1:45 Lemoore, California, United States
Loss 2–1 Rambaa Somdet Decision (unanimous) PFC 11: All In November 20, 2008 3 3:00 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 2–0 Hector Alex Sandoval Submission (armbar) PFC 9: The Return July 18, 2008 1 0:51 Lemoore, California, United States
Win 1–0 Greg McDowell Submission (choke) PFC 7: Palace Fighting Championship 7 May 20, 2008 1 0:41 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. Gomez also competed inPancrase. Gomez began as a beginner, entering himself into pro divisions and “began submitting black belts shortly after receiving his blue belt”

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; a natural featherweight. Gomez was defeated by submission (armbar).

Championships and awards

  • FILA Pankration Champion (first-ever)
  • Grapplers Quest Champion
  • Desert Quest Absolute Champion
  • IGJJF Champion
  • NAGA Champion
  • Mt. Sac Submission Open Champion
  • First-ever Tachi Palace Fights Flyweight Champion

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