UFC on FOX 7 bonuses: Josh Thomson's knockout of Nate Diaz banks $50,000

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Josh Thomson became the first fighter to finish Nate Diaz on strikes, and the win paid handsomely, in the form of a $50,000 bonus for the Knockout of the Night.

Since there were no submissions at the UFC on FOX 7 show, the UFC decided to award two bonuses for best KO, as the debuting Yoel Romero also took home an extra paycheck.


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Thomson finished Diaz on a sequence that started with headkick that landed flush. Diaz went down but tried to defend himself, but Thomson swarmed him with ground strikes to force the stoppage.

The win marked his first in the octagon since Jan. 2004.

Romero, a 35-year-old Olympic freestyle wrestling silver medalist in the 2000 games, stunned everyone with a flying knee knockout of Clifford Starks in the event's opening round.

The evening's Fight of the Night award went to welterweights Matt Brown and Jordan Mein, who engaged in a barnburner before Mein finally wilted from a knee to the face followed by elbows to the body.

Brown's upset win marked a career-best five fight win streak.

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