Pride legend Takanori Gomi met Ultimate Fighter winner Mac Danzig on the main card in an intriguing bout. In an exciting affair, Gomi would edge Danzig by a split decision.
Here's what we learned from the bout.
What we'll remember about this fight:
A classic performance from Gomi. He did not gas, he looked good with his wrestling and striking and gave us a performance we haven't seen from him since entering the UFC. He may not have gotten the finish, but it was good to see he still has some gas left in the tank.
What we learned about Mac Danzig:
Danzig is still the inconsistent fighter he has been since winning TUF. He fought well, but just cannot seem to make that transition to the next level. Every time he gets a good win on his resume, he takes a step back in another fight. He has the skills and potential, but just needs to utilize them
What we learned about Takanori Gomi:
Gomi may still have some pep in his step. This was likely his best performance, even though he did not get a knockout. He has the potential to be an upper-level lightweight, but he needs to continue his resurgence and keep winning.
What's next for Danzig:
Danzig needs to get back on track in his next fight. Another recent loser, Danny Castillo, could be a good matchup for both men and get one man back on the track to move up the lightweight ladder.
What's next for Gomi:
Gomi is a marketable fighter, due to his Pride days and cult following. I would love to see him square off with Sean Sherk when he returns, pitting a former Pride champion against a former UFC champion. If that is not possible, put him in the cage with Diego Sanchez.
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