Brown loves to bang and Mein definitely obliged him on that front when the two tussled in April. The two welterweights went to war right away, blasting each other with strikes including a body shot that nearly spelled the end of Brown’s evening. Still, “The Immortal” battled back, nearly catching Mein in a Triangle Choke after being dropped. Come the second stanza it was all Brown who ultimately put Mein away with strikes. The effort was named “Fight of the Night” and rightfully so after the furious flurry of action! (PHOTO CREDIT: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) The initial encounter between Johnson and Benavidez was hard fought and could have gone either way. However, there was no doubt about the winner the second time around. To set the scene, Benavidez had strung together some solid wins including back-to-back knockouts entering the tilt. Regardless, he didn’t even make it to the midway point of the opening round thanks to a perfectly timed (and powerful) counter-punch from “Mighty Mouse” resulting in the first finish of Benavidez’s career. (PHOTO CREDIT: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports) 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) Flyweights come to entertain nine times out of ten. Factor in the fantastic speed and skill possessed by both Johnson and Dodson and a classic was sure to unfold at first FOX show in 2013. Sure enough, things were heated from early on and Johnson nearly saw his night end thanks to Dodson’s power. Fortunately, at least for Johnson’s fans, he held on till the bitter end and got the better of Dodson in enough instances to earn a decision nod. (PHOTO CREDIT: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports) Henderson had a habit of fights being a little too close during his time as champion and his match-up with Melendez was no exception. There were several stand-up exchanges of note, some sweet scrambles on the ground, and a handful of times each seemed to see the momentum swing. Still, “Bendo” never broke and came away with a Split Decision win and his title-reign intact. (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!