Brown takes first-round beating, rallies past Silva for UFC victory

Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight Matt Brown’s career resurgence continues to be a remarkable story.

His comeback victory over Erick Silva in the main event of Saturday night’s card in Cincinnati to stretch his winning streak to seven was simply amazing.

Brown, fighting in his hometown for the first time, was doubled over in the first minute by a kick to the ribs and nearly finished by strikes and a choke.

He rallied to punish Silva for the remainder of the round and picked up where he left off in the second and third. Brown, however, appeared to be in severe pain anytime Silva landed anything to the body.

Brown endured the pain and eventually finished a bloodied Silva with short punches and elbows in the third round of what was unquestionably one of the most entertaining fights of the year.

Brown’s win streak comes after four losses in five fights had dropped the 33-year-old’s career record to 12-11.

Costa Philippou snapped a two-fight losing streak with a first-round knockout of Lorenz Larkin. Philippou landed a left that stunned Larkin, then a right that sent him to the canvas flat on his stomach.

Also, lightweight Daron Cruickshank dropped Erik Koch with a left kick and followed him to the ground with a right hand, followed by short punches and elbows to finish the fight in the first round.

Heavyweight Soa Palelei knocked Ruan Potts out cold with a short left hook on the ground in the first round. It was the 11th straight victory by Palelei, all by knockout, including three since he returned to the UFC.

“That was, though, a Hulk smash win. I work well on the ground,” Palelei said.

Chris Cariaso won a split decision over Louis Smolka in a flyweight bout to open the main card.

Johnny Eduardo, a nearly 7-1 underdog, returned from almost two years out of action because of injuries to knock out former World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion Eddie Wineland in the first round to highlight the preliminary card.

“He is the fourth-ranked fighter in the world. I was out of the sport for two years, so I didn’t know what to expect, but I thought it would be a difficult fight for me,” Eduardo said after back-to-back right hands ended the fight.

Justin Salas knocked out Ben Wall in the first round of a lightweight bout, and Albert Tumenov finished Anthony Lapsley with one punch in the first round of a welterweight fight.

Ed Herman, Zak Cummings, Kyoji Horiguchi and Nik Lentz won unanimous decisions.

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