Knockouts were abundant at UFC on Fox 7, with a total of 8 KOs (tied previous record) at the event.
Here are the results of the UFC on Fox 7 fight card held on April 20, at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif:
Benson Henderson def. Gilbert Melendez
Melendez proved to be a worth challenger, giving Henderson his toughest test so far in the UFC. Melendez came out aggressively, landing nice shots and effortlessly stuffing Henderson’s takedown attempts (can’t remember when last I saw someone do that).
Henderson managed to find his groove in the second round and a highly competitive fight broke out. Both men had their moments from the point, but at the end of the day, the judges were more impressed with Benson, with two scoring the fight 48-47 in his favor (same score I had), while the third scored it 48-47 Melendez.
While Gilbert didn’t capture the UFC’s lightweight title in his debut, there is no question “El Nino” is one of the best lightweights in the word. I’m sure a rematch against Henderson will be in his near future, as I can’t see anyone else in the division defeating him besides fellow Strikeforce import Josh Thompson.
Daniel Cormier def. Frank Mir
Cormier followed the perfect gameplan at UFC on Fox 7, using his superior wrestling to dictate the pace. Daniel kept Mir pinned against the cage for the majority of their encounter, and he also landed the harder shots when the two were separated. Frank mounted a comeback of sorts in the final round, landing some nice kicks on Cormier’s midsection. However, he still didn’t have any answers for Daniel’s wrestling, and “DC” went right back to grinding him down against the cage. All three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Cormier.
Josh Thomson def. Nate Diaz
Thomson put on an impressive performance against Diaz at UFC on Fox 7, frustrating the “The Ultimate Fighter” season five winner with his wrestling and footwork. When separated, Thomson was able to land hard kicks, and he was consistently able to grind Diaz down against the cage whenever he wanted to. Josh eventually ended the contest during the second round, hurting Nate with a head kick, followed by some hard shots on the ground. Referee Mike Beltran stopped the contest at 3:44 of round two.
Matt Brown def. Jordan Mein
Brown gave Mein a proper welcome into the Ultimate Fighting Championship, landing early and often during their UFC on Fox 7 encounter. Jordan almost turned things around midway through the first round when he hurt Brown badly with a hook to the body, but “The Immortal” managed to survive the ensuing ground-n-pound. Matt threatened with a few submissions off his back, eventually getting back to his feet and landing a few more hard shots before the round came to an end.
Matt kept up the pressure in the second round, forcing Mein to turtle up early on. He unleashed a vicious barrage of punches, forcing referee John McCarthy to step in and save Mein from the vicious beating 60 seconds into round two.
If you missed this fight, you definitely want to catch a replay.
Chad Mendes def. Darren Elkins (KO, round one)
Francis Carmont def. Lorenz Larkin (unanimous decision)
Myles Jury def. Ramsey Nijem (KO, round two)
Joseph Benavidez def. Darren Uyenoyama (KO, round two)
Jorge Masvidal def. Tim Means (unanimous decision)
T.J. Dillashaw def. Hugo Viana (TKO, round one)
Anthony Njokuani def. Roger Bowling (KO, round two)
Yoel Romero Palacio def. Clifford Starks (KO, round one)