Fans at the U.S. Bank Arena expected an all-out war in the main event at UFC Fight Night 40 and Matt Brown and Erick Silva did not disappoint.
For two and a half rounds, Brown and Silva went toe-to-toe in a “Fight of the Year’ candidate, but in the end the Xenia, Ohio native was to much for Silva to handle. The welterweight fight aired live on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday night in Cincinnati.
From the start, Brown pushed forward in typical fashion, but quickly found himself in trouble. Silva landed a big body kick that sent the 33-year-old down to the canvas.
The Brazilian tried to finish the fight with ground-and-pound but Brown was unwilling to give up. Silva then took Brown’s back and started looking for a rear-naked choke.
After defending several choke attempts, Brown scrambled back to his feet and began to punish Silva under the roars of the hometown crowd. Silva covered up and tried to survive until the end of the round.
In the second, Brown aggressively pushed forward until Silva briefly slowed his momentum with another body kick. Once he recovered, Brown continued to dominate the round and out-landed the former Jungle Fight champ 83 to 8 in the round.
Brown refused to let up in the third round and continued to blast Silva with knees and elbows from the clinch. With Silva slowly fading away, Brown pushed him down to the floor.
Silva tried to look for submissions from his back, but Brown postured up and unleashed a barrage of strikes that eventually forced referee Herb Dean to step in and stop the fight at 2:11 into the round.
With the win, Brown has now won seven straight fights and finished six of the seven by strikes. Brown also took home $100,000 in post-fight bonuses.
Silva drops to 4-4 in his UFC career and continues to alternate wins and losses since joining the UFC in 2011.