MMAFrenzy’s coverage of UFC on FOX 7 continues with our recap of tonight’s bout between Josh Thomson and Nate Diaz. It was a thrilling two rounds of fighting but in the end Thomson became only the second person to finish Diaz in his MMA career. Be sure to stay tuned to MMAFrenzy for complete coverage of UFC on FOX 7.
Thomson Drops Diaz for Successful UFC Debut
Nate Diaz and Josh Thomson came to battle in the second fight on tonight’s main card. Thomson utilized hit-and-run tactics for the majority of the first round, landing some wicked strikes before getting out of the range of Diaz. “The Punk” would also land a takedown in the round, but was unable to do anything with it as Nate attacked well off his back.
In the second round, Nate appeared to start finding his range early in the fight. The beginning of the end came off a clinch break, as Thomson would land a flush headkick that put Diaz on unsteady legs. Thomson quickly swarmed and left Diaz a bloody mess as referee Mike Beltran called a stop to the fight shortly after Nate’s corner threw in the towel.
Thomson has now won four of his last six fights, while Diaz has now lost two straight in the Octagon.
Rd 1- Thomson with some legkicks on Diaz as he forces him to chase. Combo by Diaz misses. Nate is being forced to chase. Huge head kick by Thomson but Nate eats it. Open-handed slaps by Nate as he taunts Thomson. Another headkick by Thomson and Nate catches it briefly. Clinch by Nate after a solid punch lands. Beautiful duck-under by Thomson to a blistering series of rights. Thomson with another cracking right hand. Gorgeous inside trip with :30 left. Elbows by Nate from his back but some big shots by Thomson. Thomson lets him up as the round ends. Nate’s knee is swollen pretty badly in his corner. MMAFrenzy has it 10-9 Thomson.
Rd 2- Nate swarms forward with a combo early and Thomson clinches. Brief stop for a knee to the groin by Diaz. Wicked elbow by Thomson in the clinch. Big shots by both fighters on the exit. Nate with a takedown and tries to swarm as Thomson stands. Big elbows by Thomson. Nate is busted up but Thomson is slowing down now. Thomson with a clinch and knees by both fighters.Wicked head kick by Thomson and Nate Diaz is done after some wicked strikes.
Josh Thomson def. Nate Diaz via TKO (strikes) at 3:44 of Round 2