Entering this evening, UFC lightweight Nate Diaz had fought 24 times and never been stopped by strikes. However, Strikeforce transport Josh Thomson ended that streak at UFC on FOX 7 with a second stanza TKO of the Stockton product. Thomson’s finish came after landing a well-timed kick and following up the damage with strikes, handing him a victory and Knockout of the Night honors.
The performance netted “The Punk” an extra $50,000 on top of his regularly contracted rate.
However, Thomson wasn’t alone in his honors, as Yoel Romero also picked up $50,000 for a second Knockout of the Night thanks to a beautiful flying knee and the lack of a submission finish on the lineup. Like Thomson, Romero was showcasing his skills in the Octagon after a stint in Strikeforce.
Finally, Matt Brown and Jordan Mein picked up Fight of the Night with a two-round war to open up the main card. Mein hurt Brown in the opening round but succumbed to strikes after being peppered a minute into the second round. The victory was Brown’s fifth in a row. Each man scored an extra $50,000 for the distinction.
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