Takanori Gomi fights Isaac Vallie-Flagg at UFC 172

Koki Nagahama

"The Fireball Kid" is back after more than a year out of the Octagon, and he's set for a UFC 172 showdown with Isaac Vallie-Flagg.

We are just a few days removed from the one-year anniversary of the widely perceived "robbery decision" that gave Diego Sanchez a split decision win over Takanori Gomi at UFC on Fuel 8 in Japan. Gomi didn't take another fight for the remainder of the year, but he'll be back in action next month in Baltimore. The UFC confirmed Gomi will take on Strikeforce veteran Isaac Vallie-Flagg at UFC 172 on April 26th.

Gomi (34-9, 1 NC) has somewhat settled into a role as a gatekeeper and action fighter in the UFC, with his best years in PRIDE well behind him. Prior to the Sanchez fight, Gomi had picked up wins over Eiji Mitsuoka and Mac Danzig to even out the losses suffered to Nate Diaz and Clay Guida.

Vallie-Flagg (14-4-1) won his UFC debut over Yves Edwards at UFC 156, which gave him a ridiculous 3rd straight split decision win dating back to his two Strikeforce bouts. He missed the rest of 2013 due to injury and then lost in January to Elias Silverio by decision.

Danny Castillo was originally announced as Vallie-Flagg's opponent, but Castillo will be given a different match-up on the same card.

UFC 172 is headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira.

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