UFC on Fox 7 Results Recap: Record for most KOs tied, Henderson retains title with decision


UFC on Fox 7 is in the books from San Jose, California, and the night delivered a card full absolutely devastating knockouts. Continuing the heavy-hitting trend started by last weekend’s TUF 17 Finales, the UFC is picking up tons of steam heading into the summer.

In the main event, Benson Henderson faced off with Gilbert Melendez to unify the UFC and Strikeforce Lightweight titles. Melendez came out strong, utilizing Octagon control and hitting some crisp boxing combinations. Henderson put his trademark leg kicks to work, bruising and battering Melendez’s lead leg. A turning point seemed to take place towards the end of the second round as Henderson found his groove. While Melendez continued to move forward throughout, it was Henderson who indeed landed the higher volume of strikes. Ultimately Henderson retained the belt with a split decision. He proposed to his girlfriend as the crowd booed the split decision.

Daniel Cormier and Frank Mir fought a pivotal heavyweight tilt that ended up with a not-so-predictable result. Cormier used his impressive kickboxing and wrestling skills to continually push Mir up against the cage and pepper him with a variety of shots. There’s not much more to say. Mir landed some good kicks, but never had a chance to get his gameplan going.

Nate Diaz and Josh Thomson fought another close-knit battle. Thomson used his great kickboxing skills to land a couple headkicks early on, and he also noticeably swelled up Diaz’ right knee with low kicks. Diaz continuously kept coming forward however, and landed some good significant strikes of his own. The second round saw Thomson bloody Diaz with some sharp elbows. He landed another huge head kick, wobbling Diaz. Following up with a barrage of ground strikes, Thomson became the first man to finish Nate Diaz in the UFC Octagon. He also tied the UFC record for most knockouts on a card with the eighth.

Jordan Mein faced off with Matt Brown in a battle of streaking welterweights. The fight started off as a back-and-forth slugfest with a first round that saw both fighters not only rocked but also hurt. ‘The Immortal’ locked in a tight Triangle towards the end of the round but Mein miraculously escaped. The second round ended quickly, as Brown swarmed Mein with a bevy of Muay Thai strikes to earn the impressive TKO.

UFC on Fox 7 Full Results:

Main Card:

Benson Henderson def. Gilbert Melendez via Split Decision

Daniel Cormier def. Frank Mir via UNanimous Decision

Josh Thomson def. Nate Diaz via R2 TKO (Headkick and strikes)

Matt Brown def. Jordan Mein via R2 TKO (Strikes)

Preliminary Card

Chad Mendes def. Darren Elkins via R1 TKO (Strikes)

Francis Carmont def. Lorenz Larkin via UNanimous Decision

Myles Jury def. Ramsey Nijem via R2 KO (Strikes)

Joseph Benavidez def. Darren Uyenoyama via R2 TKO (Strikes)

Jorge Masvidal def. Tim Means via UNanimous Decision

T.J. Dillashaw def. Hugo Viana via R1 TKO (Strikes)

Anthony Njokuani def. Roger Bowling via R2 KO (Punch)

Yoel Romero def. Clifford Starks via R1 KO (Strikes)

Lowkick MMA Fight Night Awards:

Performance of the Night: It’s hard to pick this one, but Josh Thomson deserves the award in his return to the UFC. He nailed an opponent who never stopped coming forward in Nate Diaz, and implemented his gameplan to finish off the ultra-tough fighter.

Matt Brown also deserves the award, as he was rocked by Jordan Mein’s slick body shots but persevered to win with his own striking skills. An exciting war, and a proving win for the surging Brown.

Finish of the Night: Myles Jury earned the hard-fought nod with a devastating one-punch KO of TUF alum Ramsey Nijem. Nijem found himself overcommitting and got hit with a looping overhand right on the button from Jury.

Honorable Mentions: It was an unbelievable night for Team Alpha Male, who have appeared to increase their striking dramatically since the signing of Duane “Bang” Ludwig as head coach. Chad Mendes floored Darren Elkins in the first and never let him recover, further staking his claim at another Featherweight title shot.

Joseph Benavidez also put on a striking clinic of his own, peppering an obviously overmatched Darren Uyenoyama early and often before finishing him off with an absolutely vicious body shot. 

Anthony Njokuani deserves some recognition for his flash KO of Strikeforce import Roger Bowling. It was so clean, he didn’t even follow up with any ground strikes. As does Yoel Romero, who knocked out Clifford Starks with a pinpoint flying knee. With a card that tied the UFC record for most KOs in a night, you could really pick and choose your award winners tonight.

  • Gilbert got robbed so hard the crowd was even
    booing through Benson's super lame proposal.
    Sonnen and Stann both have my back.

    • i thought henderson out punched and out kicked melendez. close fight though. i really enjoyed watching nate diaz get knocked out. i think the diaz brothers are overrated. that was the highlight of the night for me.

      • I had Melendez 3-2. There definitely should be a rematch. Henderson is not a very exiting fighter to watch. I would hope to see more explosiveness and ability to finish fights in a fashionable manner. Nate looked terrible. Hope this is his wake up call. Props to Josh! Mir might get cut. The bottom line, Strikeforce fighters made a huge statement to all the doubters out there.

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    • No way in hell you can call that robbery. Maybe you think it went the wrong way but calling it a robbery is silly, far to close to be a win stolen from either fighter.

      Now Carmont beating Larkins, that could be argued as a robbery

      • Larkins most def. got robbed! That was a bullshit DC….

      • It was more of a joke about the lame proposal, which was as corny as they come.

    • No, Benson got robbed with that "split"… that was a clear win to me.. even though they matched up well, Melendez clearly came short with LANDING strikes. Benson was just a little too "smooth" for him and made Melendez miss….

      Melendez threw 191 significant strikes and only landed 23%
      Benson threw 166 significant strikes and landed 41%

      That my friend is not a "close" DC, that is a clear win….

      • @ theexperience1, Those stats don't tell the whole story. Gil lost and got out landed BUT he landed the more significant strikes. It was a close fight.

        • Really? well i don't know what fight you was watching… but those nasty *ss elbows Benson kept landing at will, looked a lot more significant to me.. not to mention those kicks that put Melendez on his ***, how many times?

    • How in all the world anyone could score the 3rd round to Melendez is just shocking to me, the only two rounds that were really in contention was rounds 2 and 5 which could have gone either way but there was little doubt that Henderson was the better fighter, just looking at damage alone as Henderson took none.

    • Gilbert lost a very close fight but he legitimately lost. I nominate that as a fight of the year candidate.

    • You should get highkicked in the head for hating on the proposal. Anderson Silva has my back.

    • i want nick diaz vs matt brown next pls let this dream come true.

  • Loved all the Knock Outs tonight!

    Heres hoping it becomes more common cause it sure beats a judge coin toss.

  • Man, that was close. But Benson landed a ton more strikes ultimately. Applaud Gil's effort for constantly moving forward and catching all those leg kicks, but he just couldn't quite keep up with Benson's pace. They're gonna have to finish Benson to beat him I'm thinking.

  • Nick Diaz was telling Nate after the first round to watch the head kicks. I was surprised he was able to land three solid headkicks..

    Frank Mir and Cormier fight was a let down. The push against the fence. But overall this card was awesome…

    • I wasnt surprised at all.. Nate got desperate and wild leaving himself open for everything Josh wanted to throw at him… I saw this coming.. not really the TKO but i knew he was gonna get beat up bad!

      I was a bit disappointed Cormier didnt finish Frank.. but on the other hand he just wasnt gonna take any risks (mainly on the ground) which took away a lot of his strenght. He fought a smart fight and eventhough it was not the kind of fight most of us were looking forward too… he completely dominated Frank Mir in every sense of the word. He just had his way with him and Frank looked very tired after the first rnd, he looked in better shape coming into this fight but it was all optical illusion…. !!!

  • Agreed.

    I don't know who gavehim his nickname "smooth", perhaps "lucky" or "blackmailer" – this is not his only controversial decision – IMO he lost his last fight to the real world champion Frankie Edgar too.

    Also what's up with him and his gf's perm? It's a shame the Fresh Prince of Bel Air isn't recording anymore as they would fit right in to the show… also Geoffrey would probably be Bensons Manager, and Uncle Phil would hopefully beat the living day light out of Benson every time he bribes the judges. To be fair I don't think Bensons mum would fit in in the show, she's too wide and too short for the camera – hell, give her a job as a coffee table.

    • I agree Frankie won but still gave you a weak.

      This is fighting, not Real Housewives of Beverly Hills of whatever. You need to be the part, don't need to look it.
      You have to be pretty douchey and jealous to be insulting someone's appearance and how their Mum (who is a real life hero, single Mum refugee who raised a world champion) looks just because someone in the sport who Benson has no control over made a decision you didn't agree with.
      Grow up

      • Hi Keith.

        You are right – it was completely unnecessary to write that… I obviously have a major resentment to this guy for taking Frankie Edgars title.. and just mouthed off the way millions of people around the world do when joking around – it was out of order to joke about his mother. However him and his girlfriend having the same perm, c'mon that's well out of order.

      • **** his mum. What a slag giving the entire cast of UFC judges free blowjobs at every event.

        • @Azzkika,

          I have heard that rumour too. Apparently she didn't even need to kneel down.

          However Father Keith probably has somethingto say about that.

          "A moral man is a hypocrite and a moral woman is a liar", (Oscar Wilde). I thought you might enjoy that quote Keith!

  • Booing during a marriage proposal.
    Stay classy, Boston.

    • Is it a lack of class or really bad almost borderline retarded timing by Bendo?

      He couldn't have chosen a worse time to ask.

    • Not sure if that is a joke I'm not getting but they weren't in Boston, it was San Jose

  • The UFC is becoming more and more like a soap opera or the WWF every day. The drama is just becoming unbearable. I hate to say it but I'm beginning to lose interest.

    • Good then leave. I don't know what the hell you have to complain about…free fights on tv, 8 KOs with a ton of exciting fights, probably the only one that wasn't good was mir vs cormier!

    • Why do you watch the drama then? Isn't it easy enough to just show up for fight night and ignore the rest?

  • Super close fight, I don't have a strong opinion either way and don't think any can shout robbery.

    Some things I thought about and found interesting tonight:

    -Bendo is no way near as dominant when he cant get the takedown.
    -How helpful is Bendo's cardio? Keeps him going strong but he never pushes late and out of all his 5 round fights he has only done great in one, his other 4 wins were highly controversial and the remaining one was a loss.
    – I'm very confident Anthony Pettis will get the title when he returns to lightweight, think he finishes Ben or Gil.
    -Winner of Grant and Maynard have good chance to win in a title fight.

    -Cormier showed much less than what was expected, a lot of his hype has been lost.
    -Mir was actually getting the better of the stand up when they were at distance.
    -With Mir landing decent on Cormier, I think Cain or JDS would smash DC, they wouldn't get pushed up against the cage either. Werdum would probably have a good go as well.

    -Seems that the run of the Diaz brothers is done, both guys coming off uninspiring losses, showing little improvement from loss to loss.
    -You would think with the experience of Diaz brothers, they would eventually adjust to defends and countering kicks yet they prefer to just eat them to the leg or head.
    -If you are a good kicker and and stick to gameplan, you will probably beat DIaz brothers.
    -Coming off last post, weird looking back at how Cerrone was dominated by Nate.

  • Jury & Brown were phukeen awesome.
    Melendez was robbed! Bendo didn't even get one takedown, and aside from a few elbows, he just threw a lot of pitter patter shots. And Gilbert caught most of those "devastating" kicks. How many times can somebody NOT win and stay champion?

    I know Cormier won and all, but that was a pretty lack luster debut. I wanted Mir to win, but I really was expecting DC to get the KO.

  • That was more than I thought but one or two more things:

    -Team Alpha Male is on a rampage, from the combined last two fights of Faber, Mendes, Benavidez and Dillashaw, they have 5 KOs, 2 Subs and 1 Dec.
    -How badass is Matt Brown and his career comeback? Can you say Warriorr!
    -Find it funny that out of the last 8 UFC Lightweight title fights (4 years) there has only been one finish and that was via Frankie Edgar, the guy every complains for not being a finisher

    • Well there are stats to back that statement up… there is a 4 YEAR gap between Frankie's last 2 finishes… and before that a 3 year gap, so NO Frankie Edgar is not a finisher….

      • but yes… Team Alpha male is wrecking ****… that was always a good camp but they're now officially an elite camp with trained assasins! I'm still blown away by Faber's first round in his last fight.. that **** crazy…i had to rewind that a couple of times…

  • Haha well put Keith. And as for Team Alpha Male, man signing Duane Ludwig was a good move.

  • Larkin got robbed.

  • Could Bensons greasy perm be an unfair advantage in his fights? His girlfriend must get upset when she see' he's been washing his hair in her deep fat frier.

  • As an overall fight Hendersons leg kicks probably edged it. As a round by round scoring though NO ********WAY. Fixed as usual.

    • PS: Henderson waas running backwards for half the fight, throws a few big leg kicks here and there and wins??? GTFO of here numbbutz and numbnutz judges. Henderson only won 2 rounds!!!! Watch it then rewatch it some more and tell me which rounds henderson won.

  • Close fight but there are two factors here imo.
    1. Damage, Hendo took absolutely no damage while Melendez won't be walking tomorrow.
    2. You got to TAKE the belt not edge a split decision type fight, if it's a close fight I always think the champion should remain so.

    • While I think you are saying what SHOULD be true, look at how Benson won the belt in the first place, proves that doesn't matter in MMA

  • Frankie Edgar is the true champion in LW division … **** you henderson …