After a stop in the United Kingdom last weeked, the Ultimate Fighting Championship returned to the United States to host UFC on FX 5: Browne vs. Bigfoot, which took place on Oct. 5 from the Target Center in Minneapolis.
In the main event of the evening, two top heavyweights squared off with Travis “Hapa” Browne taking on Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva. The bout had much at stake, as the two men are on the verge of possible title contention. Who would score the big knockout to move one step closer to the top?
Also on the card was another feature bout between returning welterweight Jay Hieron and Jake Ellenberger, a flyweight No. 1 contender fight between John Dodson and Jussier Formiga, and Josh Neer battling Justin Edwards.
The main card took place on FX beginning at 8 p.m. ET, with the prelims kicking off on Fuel TV at 5 p.m. ET.
In the main event, Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva took advantage of a knee injury to his opponent Travis Browne and rock “Hapa” to get a TKO win.
It was evident that Browne had something wrong with his knee halfway through the opening round as he began to limp. Silva pressured more as a result, landing a big right hand that dropped Browne. From there it was a matter of ground and pound until referee Herb Dean was forced to stop the bout.
“Bigfoot” was the one celebrating on Friday by getting a much needed win for his career.
Jay Hieron returned to the Octagon after a long absence, but “The Juggernaut” Jake Ellenberger wasn’t going to allow his opponent to return to the promotion with his hand raised.
The two men faced off before in 2006, but still had to feel each other out for five minutes to get their games on point. Ellenberger landed a couple solid jabs throughout the duration, but no major damage was done in the opening stage.
Round two was another slow-paced round, with neither man doing much on the feet. With no clear edge to either corner, round three would determine the winner of this welterweight bout.
Ellenberger repeated rounds one and two by doing just enough to win the round by controlling the fight and and taking Hieron down on a few occasions.
The judges gave the win to Ellenberger by unanimous decision, with the three at cageside giving him two of the three rounds.
Out of all the fights on the card, this is the one that mattered most. The UFC announced earlier in the week that the winner of John Dodson vs. Jussier “Formiga” da Silva would be the first to challenge newly-crowned champion Demetrious Johnson for the flyweight title.
Round one was close, as a case could be made for either fighter winning . Formiga wanted to get the fight to the ground as soon as possible, but Dodson was able to stuff the takedowns attempts and work his boxing to score points.
Dodson let his hands open up in round two, rocking the Brazilian several times. The final shot was a nice left that dropped Formiga, allowing Dodson to pounce on his opponent and get the TKO win.
Look for an explosive, fast-paced bout when Dodson squares off with the champ early next year.
Risky bettors were very happy with the outcome of the opening bout of the main card.
Justin Edwards played the underdog role against Josh “The Dentist” Neer, but pulled the upset over the veteran with a guillotine submission just 45 seconds into the fight.
Michael Johnson was dominated in the first round of his fight with Danny Castillo, but didn’t let the early struggles affect him. Johnson came back strong in round two to knockout Castillo and add another impressive win to his record since coming off The Ultimate Fighter.
After being on the wrong end of the cards in the first round, Mike Pierce came back in round two of his welterweight bout with Aaron Simpson to knockout “A-Train” with a big right hand.
In a slow-paced bout, Marcus LeVesseur and Carlo Prater went the 15-minute distance, with LeVesseur earning the close split decision win to pick up his first UFC win.
Christmas may be months away, but “Christmans” was in full swing on Friday as Jacob Volkmann put on an impressive performance to submit the always tough veteran Shane Roller in the first round.
A big featherweight bout took place on the Fuel TV card as two top-15 guys went toe-to-toe. Brazilian Diego Nunes was the better man on this night, as he earned a unanimous decision over Bart Palaszewski.
Flyweights kicked off the undercard with two guys hoping to make an impact on the newly added division. Darren Uyenoyama made his case by submitting Phil Harris in the second round via rear-naked choke.
Jake Ellenberger def. Jay Hieron by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
John Dodson def. Jussier Formiga by TKO (punches). Round 2, 4:35
Justin Edwards def. Josh Neer by submission (guillotine choke). Round 1, 0:45
Michael Johnson def. Danny Castillo by knockout (punches). Round 2, 1:06
Mike Pierce def. Aaron Simpson by knockout (punch). Round 2, 0:29
Marcus LeVesseur def. Carlo Prater by split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
Jacob Volkmann def. Shane Roller by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:38
Diego Nunes def. Bart Palaszwski by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
Darren Uyenoyama def. Phil Harris by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 3:38
Photo: Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)
Photo: Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva (Dave Mandel/Sherdog)