Fighter Matt Brown catapulted himself into the UFC welterweight title conversation by extending his winning ways in a remarkable battle against Erick Silva at Fight Night 40 in Cincinnati. The Ohio native showed tremendous resolve in surviving some rocky moments in the opening round to rally and stop the talented Brazilian in the third round of a Fight of the Year candidate.
“The Immortal” produced a star-making performance and captured both a Fight and Performance of the Night bonus for his efforts. The extra $100,000 was money well-earned. Brown was hurt in the first round by a brutal kick to the body from Silva and was forced to dig deep to ward off a rear-naked choke submission attempt. Remarkably, after clearing his head and getting to his feet, it was Brown who dominated the latter portion of the round with a variety of punches, elbows and knees. It was truly one of the best first rounds of a fight that you will ever see.
Brown would continue his relentless attack in the second round hammering, Silva with strikes, but again felt the effects of a body blow from his opponent. However, the veteran wouldn’t be denied and was ferocious with his volume and variety of strikes. He had Silva in a bad way as the second round concluded.
The end would finally come in the third round as Brown battered and bloodied “Indio” with brutal ground-and-pound until the contest was halted at the 2:11 mark. Brown’s revival in the UFC has been truly amazing. He’s gone from journeyman to title contender thanks to a seven-fight win streak that has produced six finishes. He has 17 of his 19 career victories by knockout or submission and has one of the most violent fighting styles in the 170-pound division.
As for Silva, the 29-year-old showed plenty of heart, but saw his record fall to 16-5 with one no-contest. He absorbed the type of punishment that takes years off a fighter’s career. Hopefully he will be able to bounce back after a valiant effort in a fight that became an instant classic.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports.