The UFC returned to Cincinnati for the first time in seven years with a Fight Night card headlined by an outstanding welterweight showdown between Matt Brown and Erick Silva. The card also featured a variety of vicious and unexpected knockouts, many of which earned their respective owners an impressive payday.
The main event of the evening certainly lived up to all expectations, as both Brown and Silva put on arguably the ‘Fight of the Year' so far in a bout that lasted almost three whole rounds. It was far from a one-sided beatdown though, as Brown was in trouble for the majority of the opening round, before he recovered from a rear-naked choke attempt to unleash a savage beating on his Brazilian adversary. The Ohio-native had a few more worrisome incidents, but he survived each one to eventually force referee Herb Dean to stop the contest.
For his efforts, "The Immortal" was awarded both ‘Fight of the Night' and one of the performance bonuses.This marks Brown's third straight fight where he was awarded a post-fight bonus.
Arguably the biggest upset on the card took place on the preliminary portion of the event, as Johnny Eduardo produced a career-best performance to dispatch Eddie Wineland via first round KO. Eduardo, who was the biggest underdog on the card, caught Wineland with a clean right hand which caused the former bantamweight title challenger to stumble back, dazed and confused, leaving him open for the fight ending blow. The Brazilian ended the fight with 23 seconds to go in the opening round.
Fight of the Night: Matt Brown vs Erick Silva
Performance of the Night: Matt Brown, Johnny Eduardo