The UFC Fight Night 45 main event featured a welterweight match up between Matt Brown and Erick Silva with the winner moving that much closer to a title fight.
Heading into UFC Fight Night 40, many questioned what Matt Brown stood to gain by fighting a guy underneath him in the welterweight pecking order in Erick Silva.
Saturday night, Brown had the answer. Fighting in his hometown of Cincinnati, Brown and Silva had an instant candidate for Fight of the Year.
In a barnburner of a brawl, Brown (19-11) withstood a fast start by Silva, turned the tide, and then finally put away the tough Brazilian at 2:11 of the third round.
It was the seventh consecutive win for the veteran Brown, the longest active win streak at 170 pounds in the UFC.
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Fight was scheduled for 5 rounds (5x5x5x5x5)
-Matt Brown defeated Erick Silva
by TKO (Ref Stoppage, Round 3, 2:11)
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