The UFC on FOX 7 event delivered one of the best cards of the year thus far with exciting bouts packed from prelim to main event and a record-tying eight KO/TKOs. In main card action, “The Immortal” Matt Brown (17-11) came out on the winning side of a second-round stoppage in a “Fight of the Night” winning performance against “Young Gun” Jordan Mein (27-9). Following the welterweights, former Strikeforce Lightweight Champion “The Punk” Josh Thomson (20-5) shocked the odds makers by earning “Knockout of the Night” honors at the expense of Nate Diaz (16-9). The action slowed down a bit when Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion Daniel Cormier (12-0) bullied two-time former heavyweight king Frank Mir (16-7) to a lopsided Unanimous Decision, and “Smooth” Benson Henderson (19-2) won a Split Decision over “El Nino” Gilbert Melendez (21-3) that was controversial in more ways than one to retain his belt. MMA Gospel takes a quick look at the night’s action.
—MAIN CARD (on FOX @ 8:00pm ET)—
155lbs.: Ben Henderson vs. Gilbert Melendez: Henderson via Split Decision (48-47, 47-48, 48-47), Round 5, 5:00
265lbs.: Frank Mir vs. Daniel Cormier: Cormier via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), Round 3, 5:00
155lbs.: Nate Diaz vs. Josh Thomson: Thomson via TKO (Head Kick and Punches), Round 2, 3:44
170lbs.: Matt Brown vs. Jordan Mein: Brown via TKO (Punches), Round 2, 1:00
The UFC continues its growth in the mainstream sports market with another showing on free network television Saturday night as UFC on FOX 7 takes center stage from California. As explored in Part I, opening duties will fall on the shoulders of “Young Gun” Jordan Mein (27-8) and “The Immortal” Matt Brown (16-11) before Nate Diaz (16-8) welcomes his teammate’s long-time rival “The Punk” Josh Thomson (19-5) back to the Octagon. In this second look at the main card, MMA Gospel will explore Daniel Cormier’s (11-0) Octagon debut against one of the most dangerous heavyweights in the world, Frank Mir (16-6), and the main event title affair between the last king of the Strikeforce lightweights, “El Nino” Gilbert Melendez (21-2) and reigning UFC champion “Smooth” Benson Henderson (18-2).
The UFC will air its seventh live event on network television Saturday as the last Strikeforce Lightweight Champion “El Nino” Gilbert Melendez (21-2) challenges reigning UFC Lightweight Champion “Smooth” Benson Henderson (18-2). Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix Champion Daniel Cormier (11-0) will get his first taste of UFC-level competition when he steps in to face 20-bout UFC vet and former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir (16-6) in the co-main. “The Immortal” Matt Brown (16-11) will open the evening’s main card against “Young Gun” Jordan Mein (27-8), followed by a sophomore offering featuring Nate Diaz (16-8) and “The Punk” Josh Thomson (19-5). All four fights have potential to shake things up in their respective divisions and offer “Fight of the Night” potential for the millions of FOX viewers. Here, MMA Gospel takes an in-depth look at the bottom half of UFC on FOX 7′s main card offerings.
Alas, the return of Spilled Bag of Ice and Patrick Guera! This time the guys chat it up about Nick Diaz’s medical condition and the ridiculousness of athletic commissions, Strikeforce: Barnett vs. Cormier, the epic battle between “The Korean Zombie” and Dustin Poirier, and the upcoming all-heavyweight and all-awesome UFC 146.
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