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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
The UFC had plenty of options on Saturday night for their post-fight bonuses, as the UFC on Fox 7 event tied a UFC record with eight (T)KO finishes on one event. That record tied UFC 92, an event which set that mark in 2008.
And with no submissions on the night, the UFC opted to reward two fighters with "Knockout of the Night" bonuses. Those $50,000 bonuses went to Yoel Romero and Josh Thomson, who pulled off some highly impressive stoppages on the card in very different positions.
Romero opened up the night on Facebook, returning from an 18-month layoff to score a flying knee KO over Clifford Starks. But what Thomson did was something special.
Fighting in the UFC for the first time since August of 2004, Thomson made a statement in his fight against Nate Diaz. He effectively frustrated Diaz throughout the first round, then ramped up his offense in the second before landing his second head kick of the fight and stopping the fight on the ground. It was the first time Diaz had ever been stopped by strikes, and his corner even threw in the towel for good measure.
Also receiving bonus money on the card were Matt Brown and Jordan Mein, who engaged in one of the craziest and most entertaining brawls in recent memory. Brown scored his fifth straight win when he finished things off in the second round, but every second leading up to that finish featured thrilling action and exchanges between the two.
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Jamie Penick, editor-in-chief
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