Undefeated flyweight prospect Gilbert Nakatani is aiming for a quick finish to preserve his clean professional record at LXF 7 this weekend.

The American faces veteran Mike Hansen in Commerce, California on Dec. 10. In an interview with The AllStar’s John Hyon Ko, Nakatani paid due respect to Hansen’s experience.

“I’m not sure what he has in store because he hasn’t fought in years,” Nakatani said. “So I’m just gonna continue to train hard and do what I have to do to come out victorious. He’s been in the pro ranks for a while so I’m just gonna have to battle and show him why the new breed, the new era is Gilbert Nakatani.”

None of Natakani’s three professional fights have gone the distance, with the fighter submitting two opponents and knocking out another.

“The same outcome is always on my mind is to get in and get out,” he said. “Just like back in the day when I used to wrestle in high school I never wanted to leave it to the score. I wanted to get in, pin him and get out. The faster I finish the better it is for me. The less risk of injury so I’m pushing for a first-round finish but I’m always preparing myself for a three-round war.”

Nakatani also spoke to The AllStar about:

  • Coaching and training with the local high school wrestling team
  • Learning from amateur losses
  • Aragon Training Academy
  • Cross-training at Syndicate MMA

Watch this interview and more on The AllStar’s Youtube channel.


Fighter profile

Gilbert Nakatani is a male fighter from the United States with 3 pro wins and 0 losses. He is scheduled to fight Chris Hansen at LXF 7 on Friday December 10, 2021.

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Nakatani’s recent form coming into this matchup

Nakatani has gone 3-0 in the last 5 professional MMA fights.

  • Win vs Bayanduuren Gantumur • Submission R2 4:25 • 2021-10-30
  • Win vs Benji Gomez • KO/TKO R1 3:12 • 2021-08-07
  • Win vs Mykola Aivazian • Submission R2 2:47 • 2019-07-06

Darren is the editorial director of The AllStar and a retired championship-winning point guard who dropped dimes and broke ankles in recreational leagues across the Asia Pacific. A former APAC markets and banking editor with Bloomberg News, Darren has written about the NBA and UFC. Personal sporting highlight: Being courtside under the backboard (and a little to the left) when Vince Carter did THAT DUNK on Frederic Weis at the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

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