Diego Sanchez knocked off crowd favorite Takanori Gomi via split decision.
Sanchez earned a 29-28, 29-28, 28-29 victory over Gomi to improve to 26-8.
Gomi started the fight with some nice right hands. Late in the first round, Sanchez scored his second takedown of the round and worked a knee bar that Gomi escaped free off. Gomi landed a nice body shot that did damage once the fight got back on its feet.
Gomi continued to display nice boxing early through the second round, backing Sanchez up. Sanchez showed some life later on in the round but couldn’t score the all-important takedown that he needed.
Sanchez landed some significant strikes in the third round. But Gomi stuffed a key takedown attempt late in the round.
Gomi fell to 34-9.
Final Result: Diego Sanchez def. Takanori Gomi via split-decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)