UFC 172 Play-by-Play: Takanori Gomi vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

April 25, 2014
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Takanori Gomi vs. Isaac Vallie-Flagg

Round 1: They touch gloves and Gomi takes the center of the cage.  Vallie-Flagg lands a leg kick.  Vallie-Flagg closes the distance and they clinch.  They separate.  Vallie-Flagg lands to the body with a kick.  Gomi paws with his jab.  He switches stances.  Gomi lands to the body.  Vallie-Flagg responds with a hard leg kick.  Vallie-Flagg lands a right hand.  And another one.  Gomi circles away.  They exchange jabs.  Vallie-Flagg slips while throwing a kick and Gomi follows him to the canvas.  Vallie-Flagg lands elbows from the bottom.  Vallie-Flagg scoots to the cage.  Gomi takes his back.  Gomi lands short left hands.  Vallie-Flagg spins out and gets to his feet.  Gomi lands an outside leg kick.  He lands a right hand.  Vallie-Flagg delivers a front kick to the body.  He lands another front kick to the body in the closing seconds of the round.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Vallie-Flagg.

Round 2: Vallie-Flagg lands a leg kick to start the second frame.  He lands a right hand.  Gomi has tape loose on his glove.  It’s cut off and the fight is restarted.  Gomi lands a counter right hand.  Vallie-Flagg continues to throw and land kicks.  Vallie-Flagg lands a right hand.  Gomi lands a leg kick.  They clinch.  Gomi presses Vallie-Flagg against the cage.  Vallie-Flagg lands a kick to the body.  Gomi answers with a left hand to the body.  Gomi lands a left hand to the body that hurts Vallie-Flagg.  Gomi lands a left to the body.  Vallie-Flagg lands a right hand.  They exchange jabs.  Vallie-Flagg continues to land kicks.  He moves in with a right hand.  Gomi lands a combination that backs Vallie-Flagg up.  They clinch.  Gomi separates.  Gomi lands a solid right hand.  Vallie-Flagg fires back.  Gomi lands another right hand.  Vallie-Flagg’s left eye is swollen pretty bad.  Gomi moves in and they clinch.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Gomi.

Round 3: Vallie-Flagg presses forward.  Gomi lands a left hand.  Gomi goes to the body with a left hand.  Gomi picks up the pace.  They clinch and quickly separate.  Vallie-Flagg rushes in and gets Gomi to the canvas.  Gomi gets to his feet.  They work for position along the cage.  Gomi delivers a knee to the body.  Vallie-Flagg turns him and lands knees to Gomi’s legs.  Gomi reverses the position and delivers a knee to the midsection.  They separate.  They stand toe-to-toe and exchange.  Vallie-Flagg presses forward.  They clinch.  Gomi lands a knee to the body.  They separate.  Gomi lands a stiff jab.  Gomi lands an uppercut followed by a right hand.  Vallie-Flagg’s face is a bloody mess.  Gomi lands a left hand.  Vallie-Flagg initiates the clinch.  Gomi works to take the back of Vallie-Flagg.  Gomi looks up at the clock.  He lands knees to the legs of Vallie-Flagg. Vallie-Flagg secures a takedown.  He delivers knees to the backside of Gomi.  Gomi gains top position.  Vallie-Flagg delivers elbows from the bottom.  The round ends.  MMAWeekly scores the round 10-9 for Gomi.  We’ll see what the judges have to say.

The judges scored the fight for Gomi by unanimous decision.  All three scorecards read 29-28.

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