Takanori Gomi Replaces Danny Castillo, Faces Issac Vallie-Flagg at UFC 172

March 4, 2014
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Takanori Gomi UFC 125Former Pride FC lightweight champion Takanori Gomi will return to the Octagon to face Isaac Vallie-Flagg at UFC 172, officials announced on Tuesday evening.

Gomi replaces Danny Castillo in facing Vallie-Flagg on the card, which takes place April 26 on pay-per-view in Baltimore.

“The Fireball Kid” (34-9, 1 NC) last competed in the UFC in March of 2013, when he fought to a split-decision loss against Diego Sanchez at UFC on Fuel TV 8. The Japanese fighter had a rough start in the organization, going 1-3 in his first four fights, but he has won two of his last three outings.

Vallie-Flagg (14-4-1) is a two-fight veteran of the UFC, winning his debut against Yves Edwards then dropping his sophomore effort to Elias Silverio.

Castillo will remain on the fight card, according to UFC officials. A reason for his replacement was not disclosed.

UFC 172 is headlined by a light heavyweight title fight between division champion Jon Jones defending his belt against No. 1 contender Glover Teixeira.

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  • Truthcore

    AWESOME to see Gomi is back.

    STILL can’t believe those judges robbed Gomi in his own backyard for Diego Sanchez. Diego ran away and got his ass beat every round, but someone got a split decision?

  • Pat Garret

    Hope Gomi, channels some of the old Fireball kid .From his old Pride fighting days.

  • julian moran

    Gomi beat Sanchez.