SportsJOE's Monday Morning Awards: The warriors that earned our appreciation this weekend 7 years ago

SportsJOE's Monday Morning Awards: The warriors that earned our appreciation this weekend

Unfortunately we don't have a "Robbery of the Night" honour to give out because UFC Nashville produced a doozy.

But those fighters who didn't require the people sat octagonside who purport to be judges were the ones to remember as eight finishes took place throughout the night.


Here are the fighters that impressed us most in Music City.

Knockout of the Night - Jonathan Wilson

Bravo Johnny Bravo. We may not have known a whole lot about Jonathan Wilson before his UFC debut and, in truth, we don't know a whole bunch about him now because we've seen just 50 seconds of the light heavyweight.

Wilson showed unprecedented power when he closed out the Fight Pass prelims by dropping Chris Dempsey with a straight left hand before finishing up with one crushing hammerfist.


Submission of the Night - Glover Teixeira

He's 35 but Glover Teixeira isn't done with the UFC's 205lb-ers just yet.

Having been written off after falling short against Jon Jones and Phil Davis, Teixeira proved that there's fight in the old dog yet when he put Ovince Saint Preux to sleep with a rear naked choke midway through the main event.


Performance of the Night - Amanda Nunes

Amanda Nunes was a 2/1 underdog going up against Olympic wrestler Sara McMann but defied the odds by swarming the American early on.

Nunes made McMann's shots look decidedly average as she kept the fight on the feet and lit her opponent up before dropping her after two minutes.


The Brazilian pounced on the rocked McMann and landed ground-and-pound before latching onto a rear naked choke to move a step closer to a date with Ronda Rousey.

One to Watch - Marlon Vera

What were you doing on Saturday nights at 22 years old? Probably stumbling out of a nightclub in pursuit of a kebab.

Marlon Vera was too busy competing on the biggest stage of mixed martial arts to worry about a doner as he showed off a mature guard game.


Having been taken down already by Roman Salazar and avoiding danger, Vera knew that he could cause a problem off his back and he threw up a tight triangle in the second round which, when combined with a hint of an armbar, secured the tap in the second round.