Thomson’s throwdowns with Diaz’s teammate Gilbert Melendez were some of finest fights Strikeforce had ever seen so there was a lot of hype going into the bout. Though Diaz and Thomson are both well-versed on the mat, each loves to stand and it showed in their scrap. After an entertaining opening frame, Thomson turned it up and caught Diaz with a head-kick leaving the Stockton star dazed and confused. “The Punk” followed up with a vicious assault and left Diaz in a heap – the first time any opponent had done so in the Ultimate Fighter winner’s career. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)
From spectacular knockouts to slick submissions to closely-contested clashes, the UFC’s relationship with FOX has helped produced a number of entertaining efforts including a ton in 2013. Now, with only a couple of weeks left in the year, it’s time to take a look back at the best of the best from the four shows fans were fortunate enough to see on free television. Yesterday we counted down #6-10 so today, as you might expect, it’s #1-5!
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