Nate Diaz dominated Takanori Gomi from the opening bell to start UFC 135’s pay-per-view main card before finishing the former PRIDE champion with an armbar late in the opening round to highlight his return to the lightweight division.
MMAFrenzy.com’s play-by-play of Nate Diaz vs. Takanori Gomi is below:
Round 1- Fighters both take time to feel each other out before Diaz catches Gomi but Gomi recovers. Neither fighter is cutting the ring. Gomi lands a tough body shot but Diaz retaliates with a nice right hook. Diaz is getting confident and begins to taunt the more tentative Gomi. Diaz rocks Gomi but Gomi recovers. Gomi shoots but Diaz reverses and takes Gomi’s back. Fighters work back to their feet and Diaz begins to tee off before Gomi takes him down with a body lock. Diaz sinks in a deep triangle and as Gomi is going out he switches to an armbar for a quick tap at 4:27. Best performance of Nate’s career by far.
Nate Diaz def. Takanori Gomi via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 4:27