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Matt Brown picked up his second victory in his last three bouts with a knockout of Chris Cope on the preliminary card of UFC 143. After a fairly even first round, Brown caught Cope with a shot that seemed to mess with Cope's equilibrium early in the second, and Brown finished him off soon after. The official time of the finish was at 1:19 on the second round.
The fighters opened the bout with some solid striking exchanges, and Brown looking to control against the cage. Cope managed to reverse it though, and strafed Brown with an elbow. He ate a big knee on the break though. Brown ducked a punch and briefly got a takedown, but Cope popped back up immediately. After an extended period of time against the fence, Brown managed to sweep a leg and briefly get another takedown, but once again Cope was right back to his feet. Cope tried to stay at range and land strikes, but Brown got the better of it with a solid right hand and some kicks to close out the first.
The fighters once again stood toe-to-toe in the second, with Brown getting the early advantage on the feet. Cope then attempted to stay at range again, but Brown landed a big right hand to the ear that stunned Cope. Brown then dropped him with a left, and two more shots ended the bout.
Brown entered the fight with just one win in his last five fights, and the bout was vital for him in terms of continued employment in the UFC. Cope was a member of Team Lesnar on TUF 13 and was coming off a quick knockout loss to Che Mills at UFC 138.