Antonio (Big Foot) Silva knocked out Travis (Hapa) Browne in the main event of UFC on FX 5 in Minneapolis Friday, handing the Hawaiian heavyweight his first professional loss.
Browne appeared to injure his left knee while attempting an overhand right, severely limiting his movement. Silva then picked up the pace before connecting with a vicious straight right that dropped Browne. Silva went in for the kill, forcing referee Herb Dean to stop the bout at 3:27 of the first round.
“First, I want to say thanks to everybody for coming to watch,” an excited Silva said. “I trained so much for this fight. First first (UFC) fight against Cain Velasquez, I (didn’t have enough time to train). I prepared two months (for Browne).”
Silva was originally set to face Roy Nelson at UFC 146 in May, but was later paired with the former UFC champion after Alistair Overeem failed a pre-fight drug test. The Strikeforce veteran went on to suffer a brutal TKO loss to Velasquez.
Jake (The Juggernaut) Ellenberger evened the score with Jay (The Thoroughbred) Hieron in the co-main event.
Hieron did a good job of dictating the distance early in the first round, but Ellenberger managed to steal the momentum with a flurry of punches and stellar takedown defence. Ellenberger bloodied Hieron in the second with a series of stiff elbows following a well-timed takedown. The third saw Ellenberger apply steady pressure before wobbling Hieron just before the bell.
After three rounds, the judges all scored the bout 29-28, awarding Ellenberger a unanimous decision.
Hieron won a unanimous decision over Ellenberger in the first encounter more than six years ago.
John (The Magician) Dodson earned the right to face UFC flyweight champion Demetrious (Mighty Mouse) Johnson, stopping Jussier (Formiga) da Silva with punches.
After a very tight first round, Dodson dropped da Silva with a straight left in the second, but couldn’t finish the Brazilian. Moments after returning to their feet, Dodson put da Silva back down with another left and pounced with punches on the mat for the TKO victory.
“A big round of applause for Formiga,” Dodson said. “He’s a tough opponent. He’s the No. 1 best in Brazil. He was the top flyweight in the world. That man is awesome.”
Dodson said his fight with Johnson will be a high-octane affair.
“It’s going to be the super fastest fight you’ve ever seen,” Dodson said. “Mighty Mouse is going to move like lightning. You will have PVR it and watch it in slow motion.”
Justin (Fast Eddy) Edwards wasted no time in choking Josh (The Dentist) Neer unconscious in the first main-card bout.
Edwards came out aggressive early before jumping into a standing guillotine choke. Neer attempted to defend against the hold, but passed out in a matter of seconds.
“I thought it was going be very exciting fight,” Edwards said. “I wanted to pushed the pace and didn’t think I’d beat him so early.
“As soon as I locked it in, I knew I had it. My body weight helped with the choke and I wasn't letting go until the referee pulled me off.”
Michael (The Menace) Johnson survived a disastrous first round to earn an incredible KO victory over Danny (Last Call) Castillo in the final preliminary bout.
Castillo dropped the TUF veteran with a straight right and attempted to lock up an arm-triangle choke. In the second, Johnson caught the Team Alpha Male fighter with a pinpoint counter left and unloaded with punches for the win.
Mike Pierce scored a stunning comeback victory over Aaron (A-Train) Simpson in a battle of NCAA Division I wrestlers.
Simpson took the fight Pierce in the first round, landing a series of violent uppercuts. However, early in the second, Pierce uncorked a nasty counter right and followed up with punches on the mat, knocking Simpson out cold.
Marcus (The Prospect) LeVesseur won an uneventful unanimous decision over Carlo (Neo) Prater in a clinch-heavy bout.
Jacob (Christmas) Volkmann made quick work of fellow NCAA Division I
wrestler Shane Roller. After securing back control, Volkmann locked in a neck crank for the win.
Diego (The Gun) Nunes battered Bart (Bartimus) Palaszewski en route to a unanimous-decision victory, but it didn’t come easily. The Brazilian survived a late scare when a counter left-hook put him on rubber legs.
The opening bout saw Darren (BC) Uyenoyama submit debuting flyweight Phil (Billy) Harris with a rear-naked choke in the second round.
UFC ON FX 5 RESULTS
- Antonio Silva def. Travis Browne via first-round TKO (punches)
- Jake Ellenberger def. Jay Hieron via unanimous decision
- (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- John Dodson def. Jussier da Silva via second-round TKO (punches)
- Justin Edwards def. Josh Neer via first-round technical submission (guillotine choke)
A pair of lightweight fights were scrapped from Friday’s UFC on FX 5 card.
Yves (Thugjitsu Master) Edwards was set to meet Jeremy (Lil’ Heathen) Stephens on the undercard, but Stephens was arrested early Friday morning. Stephens’ detention is in relation to an alleged assault in 2011.
A preliminary bout between Dennis (Superman) Hallman and Thiago Tavares was also axed. Tavares turned down the fight after Hallman failed to make weight on Thursday.
This marks the second consecutive fight where Hallman has missed the lightweight non-title limit of 156 pounds, having tipped the scales prior to his December bout against John Makdessi in Toronto.
As a result, the UFC has released Hallman, but paid him both his show and win purses.