UFC On FX 5 main card kicked off with with the Jeremy Stephens and Yves Edwards bout still somewhat in question. While the odds were heavily against it (yes, only books were taking bets on whether or not the fight happened), UFC president Dana White was holding on to the story that Stephens would fight. The show went on without him though with two Welterweight bouts and a Flyweight title match.
Justin Edwards got back in the win column with a quick technical submission of Josh Neer (Rnd 1, 0:45). Edwards, a TUF 13 veteran, came out of the gate quickly looking for a takedown. Neer defended well, but found himself in an arm-in guillotine when he tried a takedown of his own. Neer never got the chance to tap before he was unconscious.
Edwards bumps himself up to 2-2 in the UFC (8-2 Overall). Neer is a solid name win for him, but he's going to need to more than that to move up the Welterweight ladder. This was Neer's second consecutive loss after getting KO'd by Mike Pyle at UFC On FX 3. He should get another fight as a chance to retain his spot on the roster, but he's definitely on thin ice.
John Dodson earned his shot at the Flyweight title with a 2nd round (4:35) knock out of Jussier da Silva. Boos were coming in plenty throughout the first round of this 125 lb contenders bout. The action picked up in the second round as Dodson's heavy hands started to find a home. He dropped Jussier about midway through, but wasn't able to finish. Finally, as the round was coming to a close, he landed again and put da Silva out with follow up ground and pound.
The path is clear for Dodson here. He'll go on to face the first ever Flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson at an undetermined event. Jussier will need to get a couple wins before he's back in the title discussion. Ian McCall would be a good match to get one these fighters back on track.
In the co-main event, Jake Ellenberger picked up a unanimous decision over a tentative Jay Hieron. Hieron looked to be off to a strong start landing leg kicks and jabs to control distance. Then an Ellenberger uppercut landed hard. From there on out Hieron was decidedly more cautious in the striking exchanges and unable to take the fight to the ground. His hesitance got him through 3 rounds, but lost him the decision.
Ellenberger is back on track after getting knocked out by Martin Kampmann at the TUF 15 Finale. Hieron isn't a name that's going to put him back in the mix though. A fight against his originally scheduled opponent Josh Koschek makes sense. Hieron came into this fight a significant underdog, so the loss wasn't surprising. He'll get another shot in the UFC, hopefully against a more rankings appropriate opponent.