‘The Fireball Kid’, Takanori Gomi, is set to make his return to the Octagon this April against MMA veteran, Isaac Vallie-Flagg. UFC released an official press release yesterday:
For the first time since his controversial split decision loss to Diego Sanchez in March of 2013, Japanese superstar Takanori Gomi will return to the Octagon to face Isaac Vallie-Flagg in a UFC 172 bout to take place on April 26 in Baltimore.
Before the Sanchez bout, Gomi had won two straight over Mac Danzig and Eiji Mitsuoka, returning the former PRIDE champion to prominence in the lightweight division. Vallie-Flagg, who has gone 11-1-1 in his last 13 bouts, was scheduled to face Danny Castillo at UFC 172. Castillo will remain on the card against an opponent to be determined shortly.
Gomi is a legend in MMA for his championship run in Pride last decade. Since his move to the UFC in 2010, Gomi has never been able to find the success he had back in Japan. In seven career bouts inside the Octagon, Gomi is 3-4. His last loss, however, was a very controversial decision to Diego Sanchez in a bout many believed he should have won.
Vallie-Flagg had a five fight winning streak snapped in January when Elias Silverio defeated him by decision at UFC Fight Night 35. Vallie-Flagg will look to get back on the winning track, and spoil the return of Gomi in April.