The MMA Spotlight is not sure whether or not fans saw a potential UFC “Fight of the Year” candidate last night, or if they saw one of the worst onslaughts inside the octagon. Matt Brown showcased potential title contender potential in his dismantling of Erick Silva in Brown’s hometown; Cincinnati, Ohio. Costas Philippou put on an extravagant boxing display as he picked apart Lorenz Larkin in the co-main event. UFC Fight Night was a night of underdogs rejoicing in victory and embracing their status in true fashion. The great night of fights deserves another look back.
Matt Brown defeats Erick Silva via TKO (Strikes) – Rd. 3
Matt “The Immortal” Brown surely showed there may be a part of him that is immortal after surviving an early round scare against Brazilian Erick Silva. Silva landed a gruesome body kick that folded Brown very early in the first round, Silva made the mistake of expending all of his energy trying to finish his foe then, spending the next minute or so trying to sink in a rear naked choke that Brown was defending perfectly. Brown was able to escape and get the fight back standing, and from there, Matt Brown put on a striking clinic. Kicks, body shots, hooks, and combinations just all added up and Brown just poured it on Silva for the next two rounds. In the third round Brown split open Silva with some nasty ground and pound elbows and finally forced the TKO stoppage from the ref. For what may be considered a UFC fight of the year candidate, Brown gives his hometown fans a fight to remember; and a fight for president Dana White to consider when they discuss potential contender fights for the welterweight championship.
Costas Philippou defeats Lorenz Larkin via KO (Punches) – Rd.1
There was no feel out process needed in his UFC middleweight bout. Both Philippou and Larkin came out swinging and kicking to the delight of the Cincinnati fans. It was not long until Philippou started to establish his boxing and pinned Larkin up against the cage. From then on it was all but over for Lorenz, Costas planted a nasty left hook on Larkin and followed it up with a straight right hand, sending Larkin face first into the mat. An exclamation point for Phililppou, who ended his two fight losing streak.
Daron Cruickshank defeats Erik Koch via TKO (strikes) – Rd.1
The head kick is a beautiful strike if landed correctly, and boy, did Cruickshank land one on Koch. Koch was the aggressor from the beginning of the fight, pushing forward and throwing leg kicks at Daron’s lead leg. Cruickshank had enough, and planted Koch with a head kick, knocking Koch to the floor. From there it was just a heavy barrage of elbows and punches to Koch’s face, leading the ref to step in and stop the fight.
Neil Magny defeats Tim Means via Unanimous Decision
Neil Magny may not have the prettiest or most appealing style to the fans, but he got the job done, beating a tough foe in Tim Means. Means had no answer for Magny’s precise counters and take downs throughout the fight. Neil Magny put a stamp on the night when he was able to take Means back during the third round, sealing the decision in the judges eyes. Neil Magny is now currently on a two fight win streak in the UFC.
Soa Palelei defeats Ruan Potts via KO (Punches) – Rd.1
Nothing pretty here as this fight seemed to finish quite quickly. Soa Palelei landed a well-timed take down on Ruan Potts and it was over from there. Potts attempted a frugal triangle choke that “The Hulk” easily escaped, and pushed Pott’s legs over to slide into mount position. “The Hulk” proceeded to smash Potts with a left that sent him to sleep, awarding the Australian heavyweight another KO to his record. He is now riding an 11 fight winning streak.
Chris Coriaso defeats Louis Smolka via Unanimous Decision
This was quite the fight Coriaso needed to show he was worthy of his ranking in the flyweight division. The flyweights open the first round with not much action. Coriaso circled away from Smolka, which led to five-minute feel out period the fans were not thrilled about. In the second, Coriaso almost was able to sink in a choke at the end of the round and in the third round he was just the busier fighter. Smolka seemed to be off his game the whole night and step behind in the striking. Coriaso capped off the three round UFC opener with a decision victory over the undefeated Smolka.
The prelim results are listed below for viewing. Johnny Eduardo stunned the ranked Eddie Wineland after his two-year long layoff from fighting. Nik Lentz continues to roll in his new division and proceeded to call out all top ten ranked opponents in his division after his victory over Gamburyan.
Ed Herman defeats Rafael Natal via Unanimous Decision
Kyoji Horiguchi defeats Darrel Montague via Unanimous Decision
Zak Cummings defeats Yan Cabral via Unanimous Decision
Johnny Eduardo defeats Eddie Wineland via TKO (Punches) – Rd.1
Nik Lentz defeats Manny Gamburyan via Unanimous Decision
Justin Salas defeats Ben Wall via KO (Punches) – Rd.1
Albert Tumenov defeats Anthony Lapsley via KO (Punch) – Rd.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will not be back in action until May 24 when Featherweight Champion, Renan Barao, will defend his belt against contender, TJ Dillashaw. The co-main event will be Dan Henderson taking on his friend, Daniel Cormier; which could have heavy title implications in the light heavyweight division. Also, Robbie Lawler will be taking on Jake Ellenberger in a welterweight division slug fest.
Commentary by Justin Huffman