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.
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 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.
Friday night The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada played host to the fifth annual Fighters Only MMA Awards. The awards focused on the best the world of mixed martial arts had to offer during the entire 2012 calendar year, with the 21 categories honoring fighters, media organizations, apparel companies, technical equipment, and much more. The winners though were determined by fan votes. Check out the full list of 2012 World MMA Awards below, and tune in to Fox Sports Net on January 20 to catch the ceremony broadcast.
As has been the case every time the UFC has hit the network airwaves, UFC on FOX 5 delivered in a fairly big way. While the discussion of who benefited more, FOX or the UFC, has been a bone of contention as of late, the fans remain a clear winner when the world’s premier MMA organization hits the biggest stage in all of sports. This time, the UFC delivered a card with the kind of depth that is reminiscent of the days when they held six to ten cards a year. “Quick” Mike Swick (15-5) opened the card against “The Immortal” Matt Brown (16-11) but was quickly found to be the less prepared fighter as Brown controlled the ground battle in the first and scored the KO in the second. “Ares” Rory MacDonald (14-1) stepped off in “The Prodigy” BJ Penn’s (16-9-2) butt though he may have stepped in it so to speak with his less than sportsmanlike behavior. “The Mauler” Alexander Gustafsson (15-1) was the clear winner over “Shogun” Mauricio Rua (21-7), showing new depth in his skill set with a handful of clean takedowns, and in the main event, “Smooth” Benson Henderson (18-2) left little doubt as to who reigns over the lightweight division by utterly dominating Nate Diaz (16-8) for five rounds. However, not every winner wins and not every loser loses in the big scheme of things so The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly is here to sort it out.