Nelson landed one of his notable right hands before applying the ground and pound for the knockout at 4:10 of the second round.
As the fight started, Nelson looked to load up his notorious right-overhand punch to put the fight away early, but Silva did well to keep him at bay with kicks. The two would exchange punches when within close range, but none landed with significant damage. The first round ended with the two breaking away from a minute-long clinch.
In the second round, Nelson began to find his spot with the right hand more and more. He threw a counter-fight uppercut that landed flush and sent Silva falling back and down to the floor. While there, Nelson pursued his fallen opponent and pounded away with punches to the head before referee John McCarthy stopped the contest.
Following the stoppage, Nelson was visibly upset with McCarthy, throwing what appeared to be a shoving kick to the referee as the official was checking on Silva. Nelson said in his post-fight interview that he felt he already won and then questioned why McCarthy felt he should allow more punching to Silva when the downed fighter was already out.
“He’s my friend,” Nelson said his beaten opponent. “He has to go home to his family.”
With the win, Nelson jumps back in the win column and picks up his 14th career KO/TKO.