UFC on FOX 7 is in the books, so check out the top 10 facts you need to coming out of the event.
1) Benson Henderson won another razor-thin decision
For Benson Henderson, it was another close decision victory that echoed the scorecards of his fights with Frankie Edgar. When the scorecards were read Bendo even knew it was close, having wiped his brow in relief. But a win is a win, and "Smooth" even earned himself a bride afterwards to cap off a fantastic night of fights. But one has to wonder when the reigning champion will finish a fight, as Saturday night's win was his 7 consecutive decision victory.
2) Gilbert Melendez lost for the first time since 2008
Saturday night brought a bevy of Strikeforce debuts, but none were bigger than the arrival of Gilbert Melendez, who for years cemented himself as the best lightweight outside the UFC. During the fight it was obvious that "El Nino" could hang with the big players of the promotion, as evidenced by his winning the early rounds with Henderson. Yet, as the rounds went on and Melendez eased off the gas pedal, you just had the feeling it was going to be close. In the end what we witnessed was the end to an amazing 7-fight win streak by Melendez, one that stretched back all the way to 2008.
3) Daniel Cormier moved to 12-0
Despite what Frank Mir had said about his frame, Strikeforce Grand Prix champion Daniel Cormier showed that his size was no worry to him by bulling the former UFC champion against the cage all night. While it wasn't the best performance of the career, it was a clear cut victory for Cormier, who racked his record up to 12-0. After the fight, the only question that remains on Comirer is no longer if he can compete with the UFC's best, but what weight class he will do it at.
4) Frank Mir lost consecutive bouts for the firs time in his career
Having joined Jackson's MMA for in preparation to this fight, it was expected that Mir would be in the best shape of his life. And by the way he came into the weigh-ins it looked as though it was true. But come Saturday night, Mir showed that it doesn't matter how good of shape you are in if you can't press at least some of the action. For pretty much all of the night he let Cormier have his way with him, and because of that Mir earned himself a trip back to the drawing board, having lost again.
5) Nate Diaz was knocked out for the first time in his career
I have to tip my cap to Nate Diaz. If it were any other lightweight who got kicked in the head like that, they would collopased right then and there. The guy doesn't care what you throw at him, he's going to press the action. And for a fighter who has made a career of constantly coming forward it's kind of surprising that up until Saturday he had never been knocked out. But then again, he is a Diaz.
6) Josh Thomson had the perfect game plan
Someone did their homework. Josh Thomson walked into this fight with a perfect strategy, and it was simple. Throw kicks low and high, and do it often. "The Punk" rattled Diaz with early leg kicks, while blending in head kicks that Diaz was simply not prepared for, including one that even make Mirko Cro Cop say "Damn!". For his effort, he received an extra $50,000 for Knockout of the Night.
7) Matt Brown is for real
I won't lie, I thought Jordan Mein would steamroll Brown. For that, I'm sorry I ever doubted you Matt Brown. "The Immortal" charged forward all night and even gritted it through a nasty body shot. For his TKO victory, Brown earned his 5th victory and a row, and edged himself closer to the UFC's top-10 in the welterweight division.
8) Team Alpha Male reigned supreme
9) It was a bad night for up-and-comers
Several prospects who were on the rise in their respective division were sent back down the ladder Saturday night. Jordan Mein, Darren Elkins, Lorenz Larkin, Ramsey Nijem, Darren Uyenoyama, Tim Means, and Hugo Viena all had unbeaten streaks of 3 or more coming into UFC on FOX 7. Unfortunately for them, that's where it ended.
10) But..it was a great night for Knockouts
In all, the card compiled 8 knockouts, which tied UFC 92 for most in promotion history.