According to a May 9 post from Bleacher Report, UFC Fight Night 40 is underway from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. The 13-fight card, which is headlined with an exciting welterweight clash between hard-hitting striker Matt Brown and fast-rising striker Erick Silva, opened with a bang.
There were back-to-back knockout finishes to open the UFC Fight Night 40 card, as Justin Salas knocked out Ben Wall and Albert Tumenov sent Anthony Lapsley to an early shower. Both finishes occured in the very first round of action. In the first fight of the night, Tumenov earned an explosive knockout finish of Lapsley at the 3:56 mark of the opening frame.
Salas' knockout occured midway through the opening round, as the bout was officially stopped at the 2:41 mark. Wrapping up the UFC Fight Pass portion of the UFC Fight Night 40 card, Nik Lentz earned a unanimous decision victory over Manvel Gamburyan. All three judges saw it 30-27 in favor of Lentz.
UFC Fight Night 40 then turned to Fox Sports 2 for more preliminary card action. Johnny Eduardo got the Fox Sports 2 portion of the card off to a rollicking start, as he knocked out perennial bantamweight contender Eddie Wineland. Eduardo was a heavy underdog heading into the fight, but he was able to finish off Wineland with a nasty knockout blow.
The UFC Fight Night 40 prelims also included a fight between Yan Cabral and Zak Cummings, plus a scrap pitting Kyoji Horiguchi against Darrell Montague. Ed Herman takes on Rafael Natal at middleweight to cap off the Fox Sports 2 portion of the UFC Fight Night 40 card.
Later in the evening, UFC Fight Night 40 turns to Fox Sports 1 for main card action. Erik Koch fights Daron Cruickshank at lightweight, Costas Philippou takes on Lorenz Larkin at middleweight and Brown headlines with a tilt against Silva. Brown will be looking to pick up his seventh-straight win, while Silva also seeks to extend a win streak.
Silva has won two of his last three, including wins over Jason High and Takenori Soto. Brown, a hard-hitting knockout artist, is arguably his toughest test yet. With a victory, Brown could inch closer to a title shot at welterweight. Brown is currently ranked No. 7 at welterweight, but he could jump into the top five with a win at UFC Fight Night 40. As for Silva, he could also jump into the top five with a victory.