“The Fireball Kid” is back.

Former Pride lightweight champion Takanori Gomi will return to the Octagon for the first time in over a year to face Isaac Vallie-Flagg at UFC 172 on April 26 in Baltimore.

Gomi has been out of action since a controversial split decision loss to Vallie-Flagg’s Jackson’s MMA teammate, Diego Sanchez, at UFC on Fuel TV 8 in March of 2013. The 35-year-old Japanese fighter saw his two-fight winning streak snapped with the loss. The veteran knockout artist has compiled a record of 3-4 with the promotion, but holds an overall record of 34-9 while competing for Shooto, Pride and Sengoku in his native Japan.

Across the cage from Gomi will be New Mexico’s Vallie-Flagg, who, like Gomi, saw a winning streak end in his last outing. The Strikeforce veteran had amassed a lengthy, 12-fight unbeaten streak that dated back to 2007, but was bested on the scorecards by rising Brazilian prospect Elias Silverio at UFC Fight Night 35 in January. Vallie-Flagg holds victories over Gesias Cavalcante and Yves Edwards.

Vallie-Flagg was originally expected to meet Team Alpha Male’s Danny Castillo at the event. Despite the change, Castillo is expected to remain on the card.

UFC 172 takes place from the Baltimore Arena on Saturday, April 26. It will be headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between champion Jon Jones and hard-charging Brazilian Glover Teixeira. The main card airs live on pay-per-view, while the preliminary card will be split between a broadcast on Fox Sports 1 and a stream on the promotion’s digital network, UFC Fight Pass.