Matt Brown won a thriller Saturday on home soil. | File photo: Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
To the surprise of no one, Matt Brown and Erick Silva each took home a $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus for their thrilling encounter at UFC Fight Night “Brown vs. Silva” in Cincinnati on Saturday night.
Brown appeared to be in serious danger in the opening frame, as Silva rocked “The Immortal” with a kick to the body and then nearly secured a rear-naked choke. The Ohio native recovered and settled into a groove, as he battered the Brazilian with a variety of punches, elbows and knees. On multiple occasions, Brown appeared to be on the verge of a finish, but the Brazilian repeatedly persevered until finally succumbing to a series of standing-to-ground punches at the 2:11 mark of round three.
For prevailing in one of 2014’s most memorable encounters, Brown pocketed an additional $50,000 “Performance of the Night” award.
Nova Uniao product Johnny Eduardo captured the evening’s other “Performance of the Night” honor, taking home $50,000 for his first-round stoppage of Eddie Wineland in their bantamweight showdown. A huge underdog coming into the bout, Eduardo made short work of the former bantamweight No. 1 contender, putting Wineland away with a pair of wicked right hands 4:37 into round one.