On Saturday, May 10, the UFC hosted UFC Fight Night 40: Brown vs. Silva from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati.

The night’s main event featured a battle of welterweights looking to move up the 170-pound ladder as red-hot Matt Brown clashed with Brazilian Erick Silva. Brown entered the contest riding a six-fight winning streak with five of the wins coming via strikes. Silva, meanwhile, had alternated wins and losses throughout his seven-fight Octagon career. The 29-year-old most recently demolished Takanori Sato in less than a minute in February.

In the co-main event, hard-hitting middleweight Lorenz Larkin faced off with gritty, Long Island-product Constantinos Philippou. Both fighters were looking to get back in the win column after suffering defeats at UFC Fight Night 35 in January. Larkin fell on the scorecards to Brad Tavares, while Philippou was stopped by former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold in the first round.

The 13-fight event kicked off Saturday at 6:30 p.m. ET with three fights streaming on the promotion’s digital network, UFC Fight Pass. Four additional bouts followed on Fox Sports 2 at 8 p.m. ET with the six-fight main card airing live at 10 p.m. ET.

Main Card

Welterweight Matt Brown earned his seventh straight win with a third-round stoppage of Brazilian Erick Silva. The pair wasted little time going to war. Silva connected with multiple kicks to Brown’s body and Brown crumpled to the mat. Silva smelled blood and took Brown’s back. Brown fought off numerous submission attempts and worked back to his feet. Once there, he unloaded with massive shots that rocked the Brazilian. He finished the round raining shots. The ridiculous pace of the fight continued in round two as Brown backed Silva against the cage and unleashed combinations. Silva again scored with a body shot, but Brown earned a takedown. He eventually passed to the mount and rained punches. Brown went for an armbar and then triangle choke, but Silva survived the frame. In round three, Brown went for the kill, battering the Brazilian with punches. He earned a takedown and opened up Silva with elbows. Brown was relentless with his attacks, prompting referee Herb Dean to halt the bout.

The night’s co-main event didn’t last long as middleweight Costas Philippou’s boxing prowess got the best of fellow striking stalwart Lornez Larkin. The pair traded heavy shots from the opening bell with each fighter landing hooks from close quarters. Larkin looked to open up with his kicks, but Philippou continually landed with his lead hook. Both men fired with reckless abandon as the round neared the four-minute mark, but it was Philippou that connected with a left hand that stunned Larkin and a right hand sent him crashing face first to the mat.

Lightweight Daron Cruickshank proved the oddsmakers wrong with a violent, first-round stoppage of Erik Koch. The pair traded single shots early as they looked to establish their range. Cruickshank scored with a big body kick that slowed Koch’s advance. A big combination from Cruickshank left Koch open for a massive head kick that sent him crashing to the mat. Cruickshank smelled blood and rained a dozen elbows before a left hand forced the referee to halt the bout.

Welterweight Neil Magny extended his winning streak to two with a unanimous decision win over Tim Means. Magny weathered an early storm from Means, who was making his return to the promotion. Magny scored with a brief takedown, but it was late punch that knocked Means down that likely earned him the round. Means came out pushing the pace in round two, pinning Magny against the fence and delivering a series of knees. Magny’s takedown game proved to be the difference in the final stanza, putting Means on his back for the final minutes of the fight and wrapping up the win.

Australian heavyweight Soa Palelei spoiled the debut of South Africa’s Ruan Potts, scoring a first-round knockout from the mount. Palelei ducked under a punch early and planted Potts on his back. Potts latched onto Palelei’s neck and forced him to roll out of the dominant position. Palelei returned to the top position and passed to the mount. He delivered a short left hook and Potts was out.

Kicking off the main card, flyweight Chris Cariaso mixed things up in his striking with submission attempts, edging Louis Smolka by split decision. Smolka looked to use his size in the opening frame, pinning Cariaso against the fence. Cariaso looked for a ninja choke in the closing moments of the frame, but Smolka escaped. In the middle stanza, Cariaso was more aggressive, earning takedowns and scoring with crisp combinations on the feet. Like the first, Cariaso attacked with a ninja choke in the final seconds, but this time, it was the bell that saved Smolka. Smolka pressed the action in the final round, but Cariaso peppered his lead leg with kicks and earned the win.

Preliminary Card

Middleweight Ed Herman got back in the win column with a unanimous decision win over Brazilian Rafael Natal. Natal scored early with kicks and put Herman on his back. He wasn’t able to do much from the top and Herman reversed the position and rained heavy shots. Round two was similar, but Natal spent more time on top. It was the final round where Herman really took over, pressuring Natal and bloodying his face with heavy shots, earning the nod from the judges.

Japanese flyweight Kyoji Horiguchi put the division on notice with a strong performance against Darrell Montague. Montague scored early with a takedown, but he couldn’t keep the fight on the canvas. The karate stylist Horiguchi found his range in round two. He rocked Montague multiple times with kicks to the body and big right hands. Montague somehow survived, but he could not overcome Horiguchi’s speed and fell on the scorecards.

Welterweight Zak Cummings continued the theme of upsets, handing Brazilian grappling ace Yan Cabral his first career defeat. Cabral was rocked early, but was able to lock Cummings in a triangle choke. Cummings escaped, but Cabral controlled the rest of the opening round. Cummings turned up the pace in round two, forcing Cabral to trade with him on the feet. The strategy paid off as Cabral tired quickly and Cummings was able to cruise to the unanimous decision win.

Brazilian bantamweight Johnny Eduardo returned from a lengthy hiatus to score a huge upset, knocking out former title challenger Eddie Wineland in the first round. The pair spent the first four minutes trying to find their range and it was Eduardo that found his first. He connected with a massive right hand that put Wineland on rubber legs and then followed with a second shot that sent Wineland to the canvas. Referee Herb Dean jumped in to prevent further damage.

Featherweight Nik Lentz got back in the win column with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Manny Gamburyan. Lentz largely controlled the action with his wrestling and cage work, but also hurt Gamburyan with knees from the clinch. Gamburyan’s right eye swelled badly as the fight wore on, but he survived to the final bell.

Colorado-based lightweight Justin Salas couldn’t get his wrestling going against Australia’s Ben Wall, but he didn’t need it. Wall kept the fight upright, but absorbed a number of heavy shots from Salas. A left hand from Salas dropped Wall and he flurried with big shots that put an end to Wall’s night.

Welterweight Albert Tumenov got the night’s action off to an explosive start, knocking out Anthony Lapsley with a nice left hook. Tumenov found a home for his signature punch very early in the fight, rocking Lapsley more than once. The repeated shots took their toll as Tumenov delivered a big shot with a minute left in the round and put Laspsley down for good.

Matt Brown def. Erick Silva by TKO (strikes). Round 3, 2:11
Costas Philippou def. Lorenz Larkin by knockout (punches). Round 1, 3:47
Daron Cruickshank def. Erik Koch by TKO (strikes). Round 1, 3:21
Neil Magny def. Tim Means by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
Soa Palelei def. Ruan Potts by knockout (punches). Round 1, 2:20
Chris Cariaso def. Louis Smolka by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Ed Herman def. Rafael Natal by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Kyoji Horiguchi def. Darrell Montague by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Zak Cummings def. Yan Cabral by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Johnny Eduardo def. Eddie Wineland by TKO (punches). Round 1, 4:37
Nik Lentz def. Manny Gamburyan by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Justin Salas def. Ben Wall by knockout (punches). Round 1, 2:41
Albert Tumenov def. Anthony Lapsley by knockout (punch). Round 1, 3:56

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