Diego Sanchez (Photo: ufc.com)
UFC Fight Night 7: Sanchez vs. Riggs – San Diego, Calif. – Marine Corps Air Station Miramar - Dec. 13, 2006
UFC put on a show for the Marines, and Diego Sanchez remained undefeated at UFC Fight Night 7.
Sanchez knocked out Joe “Diesel” Riggs with a knee strike and punches to improve his record to 17-0.
U.S. Marines made up almost the entire crowd, and an auction raised money for military families.
ll of the main-card fights were welterweight bouts, and the first three resulted in unanimous decisions.
Josh Koscheck improved to 8-1 with a win over the debuting Jeff Joslin. Karo Parisyan bounced back from a loss to Sanchez by defeating Drew Fickett.
“The Irish Hand Grenade” Marcus Davis won the televised opener over Shonie Carter.
Before the Spike TV broadcast, Alan Belcher knocked out Jorge Santiago with a head kick.
Luigi Fioravanti, a retired Marine, scored the biggest win of his career by defeating former UFC middleweight champion Dave Menne at the 4:44 mark.
The other preliminary fights ended with decisions: Logan Clark over former Marine Steve Byrnes (unanimous), Brock Larson over Keita Nakamura (unanimous) and David Heath over Victor “The Matrix” Valimaki (split).