Strikeforce stars like Roger Bowling, Jordan Mein, Lorenz Larkin, Jorge Masvidal, Josh Thomson, Daniel Cormier, and Gilbert Melendez all took to take to the cage tonight in San Jose’s HP Pavilion – i.e. “The Shark Tank” – but not as members of the disbanded promotion’s roster. Rather, the lot locked horns against their respective adversaries inside the Octagon as members of the UFC competing at UFC on FOX 7.
Henderson and Melendez threw down for 25 minutes with neither necessarily injuring the other but the title-holder ultimately retaining his strap thanks to a hard-fought effort. Henderson picked up the nod by getting the better of “El Nino” in a handful exchanges. After the tilt, “Bendo” proposed to his girlfriend and exited the Octagon with both a belt and fiancee as a result of his time inside the infamous eight-sided cage.
Meanwhile, Mir and Cormier failed to live up to the pre-fight hype, spending the bulk of the bout clinched against the cage with neither man ever seeing any true adversity throughout the tilt. However, based on Cormier’s control he walked away with the decision victory and the respect of slew of new fans.
A full list of UFC on FOX 7 outcomes can be found below:
Yoel Romero def. Clifford Starks via Knockout Round 1 (Flying Knee/Strikes)
Anthony Njokuani def. Roger Bowling via Knockout Round 2 (Strikes)
T.J. Dillashaw def. Hugo Viana via TKO Round 1 (Strikes)
Jorge Masvidal def. Tim Means via Unanimous Decision
Joseph Benavidez def. Darren Uyenoyama via TKO Round 2 (Body Shot)
Myles Jury def. Ramsey Nijem via Knockout Round 2 (Strikes)
Francis Carmont def. Lorenz Larkin via Unanimous Decision
Chad Mendes def. Darren Elkins via Knockout Round 1 (Strikes)
Matt Brown def. Jordan Mein via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Josh Thomson def. Nate Diaz via TKO Round 2 (Strikes)
Daniel Cormier def. Frank Mir via Unanimous Decision
Benson Henderson def. Gilbert Melendez via Split Decision
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