SAN JOSE, CA. – On an exciting Saturday night that tied the record for most knockouts in a UFC event with eight, four men walked away with some extra cash in their pocket for their performances. Matt Brown, Jordan Mein, Yoel Romero, and Josh Thomson each earned bonuses for their work at UFC on FOX 7.
Brown and Mein, in a war of attrition that saw both fighters floored by punches, walked away with “Fight of the Night” honors and extra $50,000 paychecks. After weathering a tremendous body hook from Mein, Matt Brown regained his composure and offered his own elbows to the body to stop the surging Canadian. With the win, Matt Brown enters himself into a welterweight title picture alongside some talented company.
As the event was without a sumbmission, the UFC elected to offer it’s competitors two “Knockout of the Night” bonuses. Those honors went to both Josh Thomson and Yoel Romero for their exceptional use of leg strikes. Romero, a former Cuban Olympic wrestler, blasted Clifford Starks with a flying knee before finishing him off with ground strikes en route to a TKO stoppage. Thomson, returning to the UFC after almost nine years, cruised with the use of leg kicks and sticking and moving until he landed a devastating kick to the head of Nate Diaz. He would follow it up with punches until the referee decided it was enough for Diaz. Both men would also earn an extra $50,000.
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