UFC on Fox 7 Results: Power Ranking the Knockouts
Even the tough crowd in San Jose couldn't snub the amazing knockouts that unfolded at UFC on Fox 7 on Saturday night.
In an era where people are constantly complaining about point scoring and bad judging, this was the type of fight card fans dream of. The card yielded only four decisions, and all eight of the other bouts ended in spectacular knockouts.
People often feel bad for judges for being forced to decide incredibly close fights, but what about UFC president Dana White? There were certainly more than a couple of fighters who deserved fight bonuses and honors for "Knockout of the Night." How in the world do you decide which fighter deserves to go home with an extra $50,000 in his pocket?
Fortunately, it's a good problem to have for the UFC. Saturday night represented arguably the best showing from the world's fastest-growing sport on a nationally televised network.
Here is a countdown of the knockouts from UFC on Fox 7.
8.) T.J. Dillashaw TKO over Hugo Viana (4:22 Round 1)
TJ Dillashaw and Hugo Viana - Esther Lin/MMAFighting
T.J. Dillashaw started off a strong night for Team Alpha Male with a vicious first-round knockout win over Hugo Viana.
Adamantium claws wouldn't have been enough to save "Wolverine" from Dillashaw, who overwhelmed him with punches and netted the early stoppage.
7.) Chad Mendes TKO over Darren Elkins (1:08 Round 1)
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Before losing to Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes only had two knockouts in his entire MMA career.
Since the loss, Mendes has finished three consecutive fights by knockout. Darren Elkins was the latest featherweight to feel the wrath of the former UFC title contender.
A giant right hand and a few unanswered follow-up punches handed Elkins his first loss as a featherweight and Mendes his third consecutive victory.
6.) Matt Brown TKO over Jordan Mein (1:00 Round 2)
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Matt Brown maintained a pace that Jordan Mein simply couldn't keep up with.
From start to finish, Brown swarmed Mein with stand-up offense. By the end of the first round, Mein was gasping for air and appeared to be in desperation mode.
Brown stormed out early in the second round and took advantage of his opponent's momentary weakness. A flurry of knees busted up Mein's nose and seemed to send him into panic mode.
The referee called a halt to the action as Mein turtled up and took multiple unanswered elbow strikes to the body.
Does Matt Brown have everyone's attention now?
5.) Joseph Benavidez TKO over Darren Uyenoyama (4:50 Round 2)
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It's a bit sad that the No. 2 guy in the entire flyweight division is forced to fight on the undercard on a major venue.
If the UFC hopes to build stars in its lighter divisions, it will have to start entrusting them more with main card spots.
Fortunately, Benavidez didn't let being snubbed ruin yet another masterful performance.
A left hook to the liver was all Benavidez needed to stop Darren Uyenoyama and possibly secure a rematch with UFC flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson.
4.) Josh Thomson TKO over Nate Diaz (3:44 Round 2)
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Among hardcore fans, Josh Thomson appeared to be the favorite heading into his showdown with UFC lightweight contender Nate Diaz.
Carlos Condit's unanimous-decision win over Nick Diaz back in January 2012 seems to be the primary blueprint in defeating the brothers.
Thomson stayed on the outside and frustrated Diaz with leg kicks and good footwork. When Diaz became overzealous in the second round, Thomson landed a hard kick to the head that put the young Cesar Gracie student out on his feet.
A flurry of punches forced the referee to step in and stop the fight just as Diaz's corner was throwing in the towel.
3.) Myles Jury KO over Ramsey Nijem (1:02 Round 2)
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Myles Jury continued to prove that the hype surrounding him is no joke with a highlight-reel knockout over TUF 13 runner up Ramsey Nijem.
A bad habit of dropping his hands when pressing forward cost Nijem, who was put out cold by a massive overhand right in the second round.
Jury, who now improves to 12-0, has had a rather impressive start to his UFC career, with dominant performances against Nijem, Michael Johnson and Chris Saunders.
2.) Yoel Romero KO over Clifford Starks (1:32 Round 1)
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The flying knee Yoel Romero landed on Clifford Starks was more than enough to garner "Knockout of the Night" honors from the UFC.
Romero certainly wasn't underserving of the bonus either.
At 35 years of age, he showcased more athleticism than a 20-year-old, setting up the knee and finishing the fight with punches.
Make no mistake, the follow-up was just Romero fighting until the referee stepped in. Starks was already out after eating the knee.
1.) Anthony Njokuani KO over Roger Bowling (2:52 Round 2)
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Anthony Njokuani's brilliant left hook knockout over Roger Bowling didn't receive honors for "Knockout of the Night," but it gets the top placement on this list.
There was no need for any follow-up exchanges in this fight. Njokuani simply caught Bowling as he was coming forward with a well-placed hook and watched his body crumple to the canvas.
It was the perfect example of timing and technique yielding devastating results.