The ageless veteran Matt Brown will take on the rising Brazilian sensation Erick Silva, in the UFC Fight Night main event that takes place tonight in Cincinnati, Ohio. Matt Brown is looking to carry his six fight win streak to contender-ship status in the welterweight division; as Erick Silva is coming off a knock out victory back in February. The UFC Fight Pass prelim fights will kick off the event at 6:30 p.m. EST, then the card will switch over to Fox Sports at 8 p.m. EST; with the main card taking place at 10 p.m. EST on Fox Sports 1. Let’s get into the UFC main card folks, some select fights in the prelims will be noted with predictions towards the end of the review.
#7 Matt Brown (20-11) vs. #14 Erick Silva (16-4) – Welterweight Bout
This fight has fireworks written all over it. Both fighters like to come out fast, and like to finish quickly. Matt Brown is the more durable fighter between the two, but Silva is the most explosive. Brown has been fighting off back injuries, specifically a herniated disk, and may come in with a little ring rust. Silva, on the other hand, was a rising star in the UFC welterweight division before suffering a decision loss to Jon Fitch. Since that fight he’s won two of three with a knockout loss Dong-Hyun Kim, a fight if he had not gassed out early; he would have won. Silva must regain is rise in the division and finishing off an octagon warrior like Matt Brown, would look real good on Silva’s record. Both come out aggressive but Silva is has the brighter future and the better skills if he isn’t caught sleeping on Brown. Silva by TKO rd.2
#12 Costas Philippou (12-4) vs. Lorenz Larkin (14-2) – Middleweight Bout
Lorenz Larkin has the tools to be great, but he relies too much on sticking to the outside and riding decisions out. In order for Larkin to win this fight he will need to be more aggressive. Too bad for Larkin though, Philippou will not wait for the Larkin to engage the fight. Look for Costas to close the distance and use boxing advantage to finish this fight. Costas is riding a two fight losing streak and knows he must turn this around immediately. Philippou by TKO rd. 3
Erik Koch (14-3) vs Daron Cruickshank (14-4) – Lightweight Bout
Both have great standing games, both can kick-box each other to death if they choose to do so. Erik Koch is a former title challenger at Featherweight and decided to move back up to the Lightweight division. He’s a lot faster and more technical than his foes and has a better overall game then Cruickshank. Anything may happen in the cage but the feeling here is that Koch may use some of his underrated grappling to take this one home. Koch by Unanimous Decision.
Neil Magny (9-4) vs. Tim Means (20-5-1) – Welterweight Bout
Tim Means is exactly what his last name states, the guy is just mean in the cage. His diverse striking was nasty in the lightweight division and now moving up into the welterweight division, it’ll be just as fast as ever. Magny doesn’t stand much of a chance here, Means is a bad match up and is making his return to the UFC. Means by TKO rd. 2
Soa Palelei (20-3) vs Raun Potts (8-1) – Heavyweight Bout
We finally get a heavyweight slug fest and things are going to get quite nasty for Potts. Potts has been finishing most of his fights by submission and will have to survive the onslaught, and power, of “The Hulk” Palelei; to get the Australian veteran down to the mat. Unfortunately for Potts, he will not get past Soa’s power. The 10 fight win streak will move on to 11 as “The Hulk” will finish this one quite early. Palelei by KO rd. 1
#10 Chris Cariaso (16-5) vs Louis Smolka (7-0) – Flyweight Bout
Cariaso may be the ranked fighter with more experience, but Smolka is the more talented fighter that is undefeated. Cariaso has folded under pressure meaningful fights and does not impress with one particular weapon, he’s just well-rounded. The Hawaiian Smolka has an outstanding striking game and can sit outside the whole night and pick his foe apart. Smolka by Unanimous Decision.
In other notable fights #4 ranked bantamweight Eddie Wineland will out class Eduardo, #9 ranked featherweight Nik Lentz will ride out a decision win over Gamburyan; and out of no where, Ed “Short Fuse” Herman will TKO Rafael Natal in their middleweight bout on the prelims.
The Ultimate fighting Championship will not be returning back to the octagon until May 24th as Featherweight Champion, Renan Barao will take on challenger TJ Dillashaw for the belt. Tonight’s UFC card will boast enough excitement for two weeks as Silva and Brown do not plan to disappoint in Cincinnati, Ohio. Find out who moves up the ranks tonight live on FOX Sports 1.
Commentary by Justin Huffman