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.

(Follow @AndrewPMMA on Twitter).

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

CES MMA 34 results: Burrell beats champ Curtis in controversial non-title bout

  • 28 days ago
  • 4 views

Nah-Shon Burrell narrowly avoided suffering the double-whammy at CES MMA 34. He missed weight by six pounds for his welterweight title bout with Chris Curtis. He didn’t get the belt, but was gifted o read news >>

WSOF 30 Results: David Branch Retains Middleweight Title, Jon Fitch Wins Welterweight Belt

  • 27 days ago
  • 28 views

David Branch defended his World Series of Fighting middleweight title on Saturday at WSOF 30 in Las Vegas, and Jon Fitch captured the welterweight crown. read news >>

Zingano Returns Against Pena at UFC 200

  • 23 days ago
  • 0 views

With victories by knockout or submission in 15 of their combined 17 wins, Cat Zingano and Julianna Pena are two of the best finishers in the women's bantamweight division, so don't expect the judges read news >>

Who ya got?!? Fellow fighters predict Ben Rothwell vs. Junior Dos Santos

  • 22 days ago
  • 19 views

ZAGREB, Croatia – Who wins UFC Fight Night 86’s heavyweight headliner between former champion Junior Dos Santos and rising contender Ben Rothwell? Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, V read news >>

Cummings wins; Perez, Taisumov, Stasiak get 1st Round victories

  • 20 days ago
  • 3 views

Zak Cummings handed Nicolas Dalby his first professional loss in the featured bout of the Fight Night Zagreb prelims, while Alejandro Perez, Mairbek Taisumov and Damian Stasiak all got first round vi read news >>

Lewis, Ngannou get TKO wins in Zagreb

  • 20 days ago
  • 7 views

Derrick Lewis wasted no time in defeating Gabriel Gonzaga in the first round of their co-main event clash at Fight Night Zagreb. Earlier, Francis Ngannou, Tim Johnson, Jan Blachowicz and Maryna Moroz read news >>

Who ya got?!? Fellow fighters predict UFC's Glover Teixeira vs. Rashad Evans headliner

  • 14 days ago
  • 27 views

TAMPA, Fla. – Who wins UFC on FOX 19’s light heavyweight main event between Brazilian slugger Glover Teixeira and former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans? Their fellow fighters give their read news >>

Bellator 152 Results: Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire, Alessio Sakara Pick Up Wins in Italy

  • 13 days ago
  • 11 views

Bellator MMA staged their inaugural international event, Bellator 152: Pitbull vs. Souza, at Italy’s Pala Alpitour this weekend. read news >>

UFC 200's Derek Brunson wanted Machida or Silva, but Gegard Mousasi was OK

  • 10 days ago
  • 33 views

TAMPA, Fla. – UFC middleweight Derek Brunson thought four straight wins would get him a former champ for his next octagon bout. It did – but a former Strikeforce champ: Gegard Mousasi.Filed under: Fe read news >>

UFC 197's Robert Whittaker happy now, but really looking forward to the future

  • 8 days ago
  • 3 views

LAS VEGAS – With four straight wins in the UFC’s middleweight division, Robert Whittaker has turned himself into a legit contender in the weight class. But that’s not something he’s thinking about ri read news >>