UFC on Fuel TV 8 Results: Diego Sanchez Wins Controversial Decision Over Takanori Gomi

March 3, 2013
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Diego SanchezDiego Sanchez (24-5) picked up a controversial split decision win over Takanori Gomi (34-9) in his return to lightweight – although he missed weight by two pounds – on the main card at UFC on Fuel TV 8 from the Saitama Super Arena in Tokyo, Japan.

Sanchez controlled the first round scoring with his takedowns. Gomi was able to get the best of Sanchez early with his strikes, but it was a totally different game when Sanchez took Gomi down to the mat and looked for a kneebar. Gomi returned to his feet before Sanchez drove him back to the mat on the bell.

Gomi looked to find his range in the second frame, scuffing an early takedown attempt by Sanchez. He pushed forward with his jab, frustrating Sanchez with his level changes. Gomi let his hands go late in the round, tagging Sanchez.

Coming into the final frame it looked like it was anybody’s fight, as Gomi switched his stances, continuing to press forward hitting Sanchez. Sanchez looked for a takedown, but Gomi sprawled and continued to dominate the round with his precise striking. Sanchez swung for the fences in the final seconds, but many felt he hadn’t done enough to win the fight.

Only two of the judges could agree, awarding a split decision to Sanchez (29-28, 29-28, 28-29), who was forced to give up 20-percent of his earnings for missing weight by two pounds.

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  • Lawdog1521

    I’m normally very bullish on “controversial” decisions, most of the ones people complain about aren’t controversial at all. But with that said, this is the worse decision I’ve seen in a long time. Gomi beat the crap out of Sanchez. It was like the old school judging from ten years ago were a few takedowns trump a bajillion punches. A horrible decision made worse by the fact Sanchez didn’t even make weight.

    • Mrzero85

      I agree Sanchez looked like crap Very slow and
      one dimensional And you could tell by looking at him that he was overweight i know it’s the first time he cut to 155 In a long time But he Wasn’t in shape at 170 in his last few fights I think the thoughts of him being a possible contender at the lightweight division Again
      Doesn’t seem very realistic When most of the fighters at lightweight Are very fast And Diego looking so slow
      He kind of reminded me of what he looked like In the Joe Stevenson Fight Very robotic He needs to get in shape And look the way he did in the Clay Guida fight

    • Well said. It was a terrible decision. Judges were either corrupt or incompetent. It was wrong.

  • Gomi won

  • Gomi pressed the action. Sanchez was not willing to trade.Rather he tried winning by take down and submission. Sanchez completely failed with his game plan. Gomi won all 3 rounds.

  • Edpo21

    What an absolute robbery. I’m so tired of watching Sanchez get his butt kicked and then somehow wins a decision. Anyone else remember the Kampman fight? I do and this crap is getting old. Gomi whooped his ass. What a shame. Now Sanchez is calling out Diaz like he legitimately won that fight. Your a pathetic P.O.S. I hope the Diaz fight gets setup and he chokes Sanchez out unconscious.

  • I couldn’t agree more with you guys. I was shocked to see Sanchez win on split decision. Pathetic judges. Gomi had at least 2 of those 3 rounds. Robbed big time. Gomi won, in most people’s eyes, I’m sure of it.

  • Now Andrew Potter joins the ranks of Ken Pishna as low level mma journalists. I laugh at the misuse of the word scuffing and the interjection of blind opinion as yet another journalist(loose use of that term) proves that we have uneducated people to write these articles. They must come at quite a bargain.

    • RoBeRtOe

      U gonna leave any insite on the actuale fights or just be the jounaliizm police??

    • RoBeRtOe

      U gonna give us any insite into any of last nite’s fights or just play the sorry role of Journalizm police??

  • Ron Wheeler

    Sanchez maybe won rd1, but definetly lost 2 and 3. One of the worst judging decisions I’ve seen the the UFC in a while, and there have been a few.