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UFC Fight Night 40 recap: Brown finishes Silva in Fight of the Year Candidate

Written by jakobe. Posted in MMA News Sources

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image via Zuffa LLC/Getty images/ video via UFC on FOX

 

 

 

Sometimes the most unforgettable fights are not the biggest names or on the most “stacked” PPV cards. In a time where too often we hear about market saturation and too many mma fights, its easy to overlook a card like UFC Fight Night 40 on FOX Sports 1. We already knew Matt Brown vs Erick Silva was going to be a good fight but we weren’t expecting to have a Fight of the Year candidate on our hands!

 

Brown vs Silva delivered an EPIC battle to cap off a great card that saw many underdogs defying the odds and coming out on top. Ed Herman grinded out a win over Rafael Natal. Soa Palelei went Hulk mode and smashed Ruan Potts. Daron Cruickshank proved too much for Erik Koch rocking him with a brutal head kick and finishing him with a flurry of punches once he hit the ground. Costas Philippou made a statement in his UFC comeback with a KO of Lorenz Larkin. But all that was just an appetizer for the main course. Erick Silva and Matt Brown both entered the cage with impressive finishes and a heaping amount of confidence backing them up, and they wasted little time getting down to business. Silva delivered a brutal body kick to Brown, crumpling the crowd favorite and quickly took his back. That would have been the end of the fight for the average MMA fighter but Matt Brown showed the world he’s far from average. After gutting out Silva’s relentless ground attack and managing to regain his composure, Brown managed to fight his way back to his feet and narrowly escaped the first frame. 

 

The rest of the fight was a battle of wills. Brown came back hard against Silva rocking the Brazilian with some brutal elbows and knees. Silva unwilling to go down, fired back against Brown with everything he had. Neither man seemed willing to break but Brown’s relentless pace finally started to wear down Silva and by the third round scored a take down and delivered some brutal ground and pound which prompted referee Herb Dean to stop the fight. With the crowd on their feet, Matt Brown got his armed raised, took home Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night honors. More importantly he solidified his spot as a legitimate threat in the stacked welterweight division. 

 

 

We’ve got a full schedule of MMA fights in the next coming weeks, and if even half of the fights are as exciting as UFC Fight Night 40 was, we’re in for a very good summer!

 

Full fight card results after the jump 

 

 

Main Card (Fox Sports 1)

 

Welterweight

Matt Brown def. Erick Silva

TKO (punches) Round 3-2:11

 

 

Middleweight

Costas Philippou def. Lorenz Larkin

KO (punch) Round 1-3:27

 

 

Lightweight

Daron Cruickshank def. Erik Koch

TKO (head kick and punches) Round 1-3:21

 

 

Welterweight

Neil Magny def. Tim Means

Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

 

 

Heavyweight

Soa Palelei def. Ruan Potts

KO (punches) Round 1- 2:20

 

 

Flyweight

Chris Cariaso def. Louis Smolka

Decision (split) (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

 

 

 

 

Preliminary card (Fox Sports 2)

Middleweight

Ed Herman def. Rafael Natal

Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

 

 

Flyweight

Kyoji Horiguchi def. Darrell Montague

Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

 

 

Welterweight

Zak Cummings def. Yan Cabral

Decision (unanimous) (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

 

 

Bantamweight

Johnny Eduardo def. Eddie Wineland

KO (punches) Round 1- 4:37

 

 

Preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass)

Featherweight

Nik Lentz def. Manvel Gamburyan

Decision (unanimous) (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

 

 

Lightweight

Justin Salas def. Ben Wall

KO (punches) Round 1-2:41

 

 

Welterweight

Albert Tumenov def. Anthony Lapsley

KO (punch) Round 1- 3:56  

 

Fight of the Night:

Matt Brown vs Erick Silva

 

Performance of the Night:

Matt Brown and Johnny Eduardo

$50,000 bonuses awarded for Fight of the Night and Performance of the Night fighters.