Takanori Gomi edged Mac Danzig in their UFC Macao fight, getting the split decision on Saturday.
Gomi worked his combinations and power shots, and the judges saw the fight in his favor with scores of 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.
"Thank you so much for the opportunity to fight here in Macao," Gomi said through an interpreter after the fight.
The fight started with Gomi as the aggressor, throwing combinations and power punches. Danzig scored some knees with a Thai clinch, but Gomi scored the takedown and worked from guard. The fight came back to the feet where both fighters exchanged punches. Danzig scored a big takedown late in the round and time expired on the floor.
The second round had more back and forth. Gomi landed punches while Danzig scored knees in the clinch. Gomi continued to utilize combinations as his opponent worked the jab and left hook, but it was the Japanese fighter that scored more blows. Danzig scored a brief combination and set up a double-leg takedown to bring the fight to the ground. Danzig locked on a guillotine, but Gomi persevered and was able to survive to the end of the round.
In the third, Gomi landed a heavy right hand that sent his opponent flying back and to the ground. Gomi followed to the floor and worked to land strikes from guard. A transition had both fighters looking for footlocks, but the holds were released and the fight was shortly returned to the feet. Gomi taunted his opponent to trade punches with him, and the two began throwing heavy strikes until the end of the time allowed.
Gomi wins his second consecutive fight, while Danzig drops his first since beating Efrain Escudero in April.
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