Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva
Round 1: Brown moves forward. He lands a high kick. Silva looks to get the fight to the ground. He does, but Brown reverses him and gets to his feet. Silva delivers a kick to the body. Silva drops Brown with a body kick. He lands a series of left hands. Brown survives, but Silva takes his back. Silva gets both hooks in. Brown gets wrist control. Brown rolls. Silva works for a choke. Brown defends the choke. Silva applies a body triangle. Silva traps Browns arm. Brown gets it free. He turns into Silva and gets to his feet. Brown lands a combination. He chases Silva. Silva retreats. Silva lands to the body. Brown hammers him with elbows on the inside. Brown lands a left hand. He lands a left hook that drops Silva. Silva gets to his feet. Brown tosses Silva to the ground. He delivers a kick to the body. Silva returns fire. Brown steps in with a right hand. Siva misses with a spinning back fist. Brown ducks under and takes him down. What a round! MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Brown.
Round 2: Brown presses forward. He lands a right hand. Silva fires back. Silva lands to the body. Brown lands a combination. Brown clinches and lands a knee followed by elbows. Silva presses Brown against the cage. They separate. Brown lands to the body with a left hook. Brown lands a combination followed by a big combination. Silva has taken some damage. Brown delivers an uppercut. Silva has slowed. Brown lands two left hooks. Brown continues to land punches. Silva lands a kick to the body. Brown lands a combination. He digs to the body with punches. Silva lands to the body and hurts Brown. Brown secures a takedown. He works in side control. Brown applies a triangle. Silva is exhausted. Brown looks for a d’arce choke. Brown mounts Silva. He postures up and lands punches. Silva covers. Brown isolates an arm. He goes for an arm bar. Silva rolls right into a triangle choke. Silva gets his head out. Silva has top position. The round ends. MMAWeekly scores it 10-9 for Brown.
Round 3: Brown comes out in the third pressing forward. He clinches and delivers knees. Silva fires back with a left hand. Brown drags Silva to the ground. He lands a right hand. Brown delivers big elbows. Brown postures up and lands more shots. Silva covers. Silva is cut. Brown continues to hammer away. Referee Herb Dean steps in and stops the fight.
The official time of the stoppage was 2:11 of the third round.
“I just do what I do. It’s my first main event in my home state. The pressure got to me a little bit. Once I settled down, I got going.
“I was hurt pretty bad. He got my stomach, not my rib. I wasn’t really warmed up.
“My power wasn’t really there today, maybe he’s that tough. When I usually hit people with those punches, they go down. He kept fighting.”