(5/10/2014)
100% Reviewed
Top 10 Best Fighters (26 Total):
1. Matt Brown - 98.1
2. Daron Cruickshank - 95.3
3. Costas Philippou - 94.2
4. Justin Salas - 93.4
5. Albert Tumenov - 93.3
6. Erick Silva - 93.3
7. Zak Cummings - 92.8
8. Johnny Eduardo - 92.7
9. Soa Palelei - 92.6
10. Chris Cariaso - 92.6
UFC Fight Night 40: Brown vs. Silva
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Elevation: 482'
SCORE
-Fight of the Night-
Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva
96.1
Fighters & Matches 90.6
Top 10 Fighters 93.8
TOTAL 92.2
89.9
KO
(Punch)
3:56
     This was a pretty good fight. Tumenov clearly scared Lapsley with his striking early in the fight, so Lapsley shot for a takedown, failed, Tumenov kept him pressed against the cage, and eventually finished him with a huge left hook, knocking Lapsley unconscious with a single big punch. Awesome win for Albert Tumenov, putting him in the UFC winning column for the first time.
90.4
KO
(Punches)
2:41
      Yeah! 2 in a row! This is the second fight of the night that ended with a first round knockout. Ben Wall threw a few hard punches, but ultimately, Salas was just too crisp with his striking, he rocked Wall with a big punch, and then landed a jab straight down the middle, knocking Wall the ground, where he beat on his face with a few more shots on the ground before the referee stopped the fight. Awesome win for Salas.
89.2
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty good scrap, a lot of huge knees being delivered by Lentz, he secured a few takedowns, and overall, he was just WAY too big for Manny. I'm not sure why Manny is fighting at 145 right now, it seems like he'd be better suited at 135 or something. But yeah, Nik Lentz pretty much dominated this entire fight, except one moment in the third round, where Gamburyan looked like he might secure some sort of arm lock, but he didn't get it, and Lentz ended up probably winning that round as well. Good fight, but I feel kind of bad for Manny.
90.0
KO
(Punches)
4:37
      Oh man, that was a pretty huge upset. I didn't think Eduardo would stand a chance in this fight, and most other people didn't think he would either. Wineland just looked slow though, and he never really attacked at all, starting off WAY too cautious. In the end, Eduardo landed a big punch, clearly rocked Wineland, so he ran directly at him, landed a HUGE right hook, knocking Wineland to the ground like a ragdoll. Even before that, Eduardo was picking him apart with leg kicks and solid boxing skills. So yeah, sucks for Wineland, but HUGE win for Eduardo.
91.4
Decision
15:00
      HOLY SHIT! That was a fucking war! I gave the first round to Cabral, because his submission skills are sick as fuck, and he just outgrappled Cummings for most of the round. The second round I gave to Cummings, because he was able to ground & pound Cabral, scoring quite a few points in his favor. The third round, I technically scored as a draw, so this fight could have gone either way in my opinion, but I was SORT OF pushing for Cummings by the end of the fight (Going into it, I wanted Cabral to win), so with that being said, all 3 judges gave the fight to Cummings, and I'm really proud of him. That was an awesome fight, and a huge win over a tough Jiu-Jitsu guy.
90.7
Decision
15:00
      This was another amazing fight. The first round was VERY close, with Montague proving to be the better grappler, and Horiguchi proving to have better striking. From that point forward though, it basically turned into a brawl, where Horiguchi was able to pull away with winning the last 2 rounds (and maybe even the first), giving him the clear unanimous decision victory. When the bell rang after the second round, Montague had been hit so hard, that he literally wobbled back to his corner, and was practically unconscious when he sat down on his stool. Awesome win for Horiguchi.
88.3
Decision
15:00
      This was a pretty decent fight, Natal ended up bloody, there was a lot of cage clinching, there were strikes thrown, it was sort of an ugly brawl, and in the end, I gave the fight to Herman, 29-28, and for the most part, the judges agreed, giving him the unanimous decision victory after a decent 15 minute brawl.
90.7
Decision
(Split)
15:00
      This fight was pretty great, with the first round being VERY close, I gave it to Cariaso because of the tight guillotine choke he locked on near the end of the round. Round 2 was 100% Cariaso, as he beat the hell out of Smolka, and locked on a Ninja Choke, which looked like it was going to remove Smolka's head if it would have gone any longer. The third round I gave to Smolka, because he seemed more active, he had a nice throw, and overall he just controlled that round. So in the end, I gave the fight to Cariaso, 29-28, and two of the judges agreed, giving him the fight via split-decision.
89.4
KO
(Punch)
2:20
      Man, Soa Palelei is kind of a beast. He took Potts to the ground, he shit all over him, made him look foolish, pinned him against the cage, and then landed some REALLY short punches, that knocked Potts out cold, which was weird, because they BARELY looked like they even connected at all. Weird KO, but yeah, absolutely a good stoppage, Potts was out. So, uh... Palelei is scary, especially after you hear him sing "Baby lock them doors..." I don't know what was up with his post fight interview, but that was bizarre.
88.1
Decision
15:00
      This was probably the only fight on this card that I really didn't give a shit about. I thought it was a decent fight, both guys had their moments, but in the end, I gave the fight to Neil Magny, 29-28, and all 3 judges agreed. Neil Magny is a pretty tough fighter, I just don't like him very much for some reason, and at this point, I couldn't care less about Tim Means & his 3 fight losing streak.
92.1
TKO
(Head Kick & Punches)
3:21
      OH MAN! That was fucking wild. The fight was kind of slow, but I had Cruickshank winning the fight, because he was throwing a lot of really nice body kicks. He eventually threw a HUGE kick to the head of Koch, knocked him to the ground, he basically fell flat on his face, Cruickshank mounted him, and then started literally bouncing his head off the mat like a basketball, with brutal elbows. Daron Cruickshank is quickly becoming one of my favorite fighters to watch at 155. The way he finished this fight was fucking awesome. GREAT win for Daron Cruickshank.
91.0
KO
(Punches)
3:47
      BOOM! I love these knockouts! This fight didn't even make it out of the first round. Both guys were throwing HARD strikes, Larkin landed some hard kicks, Philippou landed some hard punches, and eventually he got Larkin up against the cage, and BLASTED him in the face with a huge punch, and knocked him the fuck out. Costas Philippou is awesome. Great fight!
96.1
TKO
(Punches)
12:11
      Wow. I can't even put this fight into words. This might be the best fight I've ever seen. Matt Brown was kicking some ass early in the first round, and then Silva landed a HUGE kick to the body, which caused Brown to crumble against the fence, where Silva was able to get his back, basically lock on a rear-naked choke, Brown escaped after fighting it off for a couple of minutes, and then BEAT THE LIVING FUCK out of Silva for the rest of the fight. Silva kept throwing big kicks to Brown's stomach, and they were clearly hurting him, but Brown was in straight up psychotic zombie mode, and he practically ripped Silva's face off in the third round, with a BRUTAL elbow that I honestly thought had cracked his skull open. In the end, the referee was forced to stop the fight, because Silva was unresponsive on the ground, curled up in the fetal position, and Matt Brown fucking CRUSHED Silva, after nearly getting knocked out AND after nearly being submitted in the first round. This fight was fucking brutal... OH MY GOD... I've been saying that Matt Brown needs a title shot for a while, I've had him ranked at #3 for a long time, just below Hendricks & GSP. So at this point, since GSP is retired, Hendricks vs. Brown sounds PRETTY FUCKING INSANE to me. Make this shit happen! This fight was incredible.
OVERALL 92.2
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