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Takanori Gomi Returns To The Octagon With A Win Over Isaac Vallie-Flagg At UFC 172

Andrew Ravens

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Takanori Gomi 35–9 (1) was coming into this fight with a loss in his last fight, but has been out of the cage since March of last year. In his last four fights he is 2-2. He lost to Nate Diaz via armbar at UFC 135 back in September of 2011, he then got a win against Eiji Mitsuoka via TKO at UFC 144 back in February of 2012. He followed it up with a split decision over Mac Danzig back in November of 2012. In his last fight, which was over a year ago, he lost to Diego Sanchez via split decision back in March of 2013.

The two fighters mixed up the strikes up in the beginning of the first round. Gomi caught Vallie-Flagg for a moment in the middle of the round, but Vallie-Flagg recovered. Vallie-Flagg attempts a take down of Gomi, but stuffed. Vallie-Flagg landing nice jabs to the jaw of Gomi. Vallie-Flagg pressed for the majority of the round, but was always reaching and could not connect. Vallie-Flagg got off balanced and Gomi steps into Vallie-Flagg half guard. Gomi works his way to the back Vallie-Flagg and tried to flatten him out while on the cage. Vallie-Flagg eventually gets to his feet with a minute left and the two each right hands to end the first round.

Fifteen seconds into the round, Herb Dean stopped the fight for the moment and doctors cut part of the glove off of Gomi’s hand. Vallie-Flagg  mixing up the leg kicks around the minute mark of the fight. Gomi is setting in and landing shots now. Gomi clinches at the 3:25 mark and lands a good body shots. Vallie-Flagg  fights out and continues to find his groove with 2:55 of the fight left. Gomi connects with a good body shot that hurts Vallie-Flagg  for a moment, but recovers. Gomi is gassing towards the end of this round and it is showing in his performance. Gomi lands a good body/ head combinations and then locks in the clinch. A few seconds later, they separate and exchange right hands to end the round.

The third and final round starts with both fighters exchanging right hands. Vallie-Flagg caught Gomi with

Isaac Vallie-Flagg 14–5–1 was coming into this fight with loss in his last fight, however prior to that he was on a roll. He beat Brian Melancon via split decision back in June of 2011, Gesias Cavalcante via split decision back in May of 2012. He finally made his UFC debut against Yves Edwards and won the fight via split decision at UFC 155 back in February 2013. He then suffered a loss against Elias Silverio via unanimous decision back in January.

Takanori Gomi def. Isaac Vallie-Flagg via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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