For the 2nd time in 3 weeks, Josh Koscheck was choked out, and it might have been the final fight of his MMA career.
Brazilian welterweight Erick Silva finally picked up his first UFC winning streak by taking apart the former title challenger on the feet, stuffing Koscheck's takedown attempts, before finally finishing the fight with a deep guillotine choke with under 30 seconds left in the opening round of the UFC Fight Night: Maia vs. LaFlare co-main event.
Koscheck took the fight on short notice after Ben Saunders withdrew due to injury, but Josh was just coming off a submission loss to Jake Ellenberger on February 28th where he frothed at the mouth moments before tapping. Accepting the Silva bout made this the final one on his current UFC contract, but his upset bid was thwarted by Silva. Koscheck was unable to take Silva down once, and his only bit of success were a few punches in close quarters.
Silva sealed the deal by hurting Koscheck standing, which forced Josh to shoot for a desperation takedown, only for Silva to grab a hold of the neck and drop down for the guillotine. Koscheck was quick to tap and the partisan crowd in Rio de Janeiro roared its approval.
Official result: Erick Silva def. Josh Koscheck via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:21 of round 1
Silva (18-5-1, 1 NC), as mentioned earlier, finally has a UFC winning streak, and all 6 of his UFC wins have come in the 1st round. For Koscheck (17-10), it's his 5th straight loss, with the last 4 occurring inside the distance. It is quite possible that with his UFC contract now finished, that may have been the 37-year-old's swan song.