UFC Fight Night 40 has its main event, and it features the return of Matt Brown. The Ohio native is going to take part in a five-round headliner against Brazil's Erick Silva on May 10th at the U.S Bank Arena in Cincinnati, per Damon Martin of Fox Sports.
Brown (18-11) has been on a torrid stretch over the past 2 years, winning 6 straight, with 5 of them coming by KO or TKO. His last win was a 30 second stoppage of Mike Pyle in August, which set him up for a big showdown with Carlos Condit in December. Unfortunately for Brown, he injured his back and was sidelined as a result.
Silva (16-4, 1 NC) made short work of Takenori Sato last month in Brazil, needing only 52 seconds to force the TKO. All 4 of his UFC victories have ended in the 1st round, but he's yet to win consecutive bouts in the UFC. His last loss was a shocking knockout to Dong Hyun Kim in October, which stands as the only stoppage loss of his career.
While Brown's desire for a top 10 opponent has not been fulfilled with this matchmaking, there's no reason to believe this will be anything but a thriller. They're both highly active, offensive-minded guys with powerful striking and a penchant for the finish. It's a five-round scheduled fight, but I doubt it goes that far.