Nate Diaz, a tough kid who learned to fight on the streets of Stockton, gave Takanori Gomi a guided tour of the tough side of town at UFC 135. He picked Gomi apart with punches until Gomi went for a take down that only sealed his fate. Once on his back, Diaz happily went for the kill, trapping Gomi's head and arm in a triangle that became an arm bar to get the tap out.
UFC 135 results: Nate Diaz defeats Takanori Gomi via submission (armbar) at 4:27 of round 1.
Only four years ago, Gomi took everything Diaz' big brother Nick Diaz could throw at him for more than 15 minutes and shattered Diaz' orbital bone in the process. Diaz eventually caught a tired Gomi in a gogoplata for the finish, but it was one of the great bouts in MMA history.
Time changes everything. In 2011, Gomi wasn't even competitive with Diaz' little brother. Nate smacked Gomi at range and at will. Jabs, straights, hooks, Diaz landed it. Diaz will look to re-establish himself as a title contender in the UFC lightweight division.