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After consecutive first-round losses, Antonio
Silva had become something of an overlooked commodity in the
UFC’s heavyweight division.
Labeled underdog fodder against rising heavyweight prospect
Browne in the
UFC on FX 5 main event on Friday night in Minneappolis,
“Bigfoot” showed how dangerous his killer instinct can truly be.
Taking advantage of an apparent injury to Browne’s left leg, the
massive Brazilian rocked his foe with a big right hand against the
fence. The 6-foot-7 Hawaiian toppled to the mat, where Silva (17-4,
1-1 UFC) unloaded with more punches before referee Herb Dean
intervened 3:27 into the opening frame.
With that, the man who rose to prominence on the strength of a
victory of pound-for-pound legend Fedor
Emelianenko in 2011 had achieved his first UFC victory.
“I trained (so) much for this fight. My first [UFC bout] with
Velasquez, I lost too fast,” Silva said. “I want to say thanks
to everyone at [American Top Team].”
Browne, who suffered his first loss in 15 professional appearances,
looked to take advantage of his athleticism in the early moments of
the fight, as he showcased footwork and flashy kicks while
remaining outside of Silva’s grasp. When the former EliteXC
champion attempted to narrow the gap, “Hapa” responded with a knee
to the gut.
After the two big men exited the clinch, Browne’s (13-1-1, 4-1-1
UFC) left leg appeared to buckle after he threw a punch, and from
there, the Jackson’s MMA product was never the same. With Browne’s
movement clearly hampered by the injury, Silva attacked for the
finish to earn the 12th knockout victory of his career.
Ellenberger Outlasts Hieron, Avenges 2006 Defeat
Some six years after his initial meeting with Jay Hieron,
Ellenberger finally has his revenge.
Using a more measured approach than he had shown in recent fights,
“The Juggernaut” took home a slow-paced, unanimous decision against
Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts member. All three judges
scored the welterweight bout 29-28 in favor of Ellenberger. Hieron
earned a three-round verdict over the
Reign MMA representative at an
International Fight League event in 2006.
In recent bouts against Martin
Kampmann and Diego
Sanchez, Ellenberger (28-6, 7-2 UFC) started quickly but faded
down the stretch. Against Hieron, however, the Nebraskan patiently
picked his spots throughout. Over the course of their 15 minutes in
the Octagon, Ellenberger landed the occasional power punch as well
as takedowns in rounds two and three. Meanwhile, Hieron (23-6, 0-3
UFC) was content to throw kicks on the outside, but wasn’t able to
land anything especially noteworthy.
Ellenberger did his most visible damage in round two, when he drove
Hieron to the floor with a powerful double-leg takedown. He
followed up with elbows inside of his opponent’s guard, leaving
Hieron cut and bloodied when he returned to his feet after about a
minute’s time. The final round didn’t feature any significant
change, as Hieron continued to throw kicks while Ellenberger landed
the periodic jab.
Dodson Stops ‘Formiga,’ Becomes No. 1 Flyweight Contender
He might compete in the UFC’s smallest weight class, but John Dodson
made a huge statement against Jussier da
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Dodson clinched a title shot.
The Jackson’s MMA standout staked his claim to the division’s No. 1
contender spot with a second-round TKO of da Silva, a fighter who
was once regarded as the world’s best flyweight. The end came 4:35
into the second frame, giving Dodson his third straight victory in
Offense came at a premium in the opening frame, as both fighters
engaged in a feeling out process in the bout’s initial five
minutes. “Formiga,” who entered the contest with four straight
submission victories to his credit, was unable to drag the “TUF 14”
winner to the canvas.
Dodson (14-5, 3-0 UFC) settled into a rhythm in round two, scoring
two knockdowns and outlanding his Brazilian opponent 24 to 3 in
significant strikes. The man known as “The Magician” dropped da
Silva (14-2, 0-1 UFC) twice with his formidable left hand, and as
da Silva lay prone on the floor after the second knockdown, Dodson
finished the job with a series of rapid strikes.
With the victory in hand, Dodson took time to reflect on a pending
showdown with reigning 125-pound champion Demetrious
“It’s gonna be a super-fast fight. Mighty Mouse is gonna be just as
fast [as me]. We’re gonna be moving around -- it’s gonna be kind of
like lightning. Have this on DVR, and please, rewind it and watch
it in slow motion,” he said.
Edwards Chokes Out Neer in 45 Seconds
Edwards delivered on the biggest stage of his mixed martial
arts career, and he needed less than a minute to do so.
The Jorge Gurgel
protégé brought the fight to Josh Neer in
their welterweight contest, forcing the 46-bout veteran against the
fence by swinging aggressively. After Neer reversed the position,
Edwards jumped guard with an arm-in guillotine. Neer slumped
forward as Edwards maintained the hold, and referee Nick Gamst
stopped the action 45 seconds in as “The Dentist” went limp. It was
Neer’s second straight loss inside of a round in the UFC; he fell
Pyle via first-round knockout at UFC on FX 3 in June.
“I thought it was gonna be a very exciting fight; I thought I was
gonna push the pace. I didn’t think it was gonna be over so early,”
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