The following fight bonuses were awarded for UFC on FOX 7: Henderson vs. Melendez
Submission of the Night:
Was not awarded due to no fights being finished by submission
Knockouts of the Night:
Josh Thomson (over Nate Diaz) receives $50,000
Yoel Romero (over Clifford Starks) receives $50,000
Fight of the Night:
Matt Brown and Jordan Mein each receive $50,000
Click here for the full list of UFC on FOX 7 results.
—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 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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—MAIN CARD (on Showtime)—
Heavyweight Grand Prix Final Fight
Josh Barnett vs. Daniel Cormier: Cormier via Unanimous Decision (49-46, 50-45, 50-45), Round 5, 5:00
Lightweight Championship Fight
Gilbert Melendez vs. Josh Thomson: Melendez via Split Decision (48-49, 49-48, 49-48), Round 5, 5:00
Light Heavyweight Fight
Rafael Cavalcante vs. Mike Kyle: Cavalcante via Submission (Guillotine Choke), Round 1, 0:33
Nah-Shon Burrell vs. Chris Spang: Spang via KO (Punch), Round 1, 1:35
Strikeforce comes back in a big way for its second offering of 2012 as the ladies took center stage for only the second time in promotional history. Just like the first time when “Cyborg” Cristiane Santos (10-1) took the women’s 145lbs. title from “Conviction” Gina Carano (7-1), the headlining bout was an ultra-hyped, fast paced affair in which the challenger dominated completely. “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey (5-0) took just over four minutes to severely damage “Takedown” Miesha Tate’s (12-3) arm en route to a championship victory. Lightweight title contenders met as KJ Noons (11-5) dropped a lackluster decision to “The Punk” Josh Thomson (19-4). British bomber “Semtex” Paul Daley (29-12) continued his downward slide as “Hitman” Kazuo Misaki (25-11) took control of their fight. Journeyman Lumumba Sayers (6-2) made certain that “Hands of Steel” Scott Smith (17-10) had a very disappointing welcome back to the middleweight division and former champ “Jacare” Ronaldo Souza (15-3) returned to his winning ways against Strikeforce newcomer Bristol Marunde (12-7). The main event delivered on its hype and the card was solid, but not everyone can be a winner. To assess the damage, MMA Gospel has “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly”.