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UFC Fight Night 40 Result


ufc-fight-night-40The Midwest was the site for the legendary UFC Octagon when the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio presented world-class MMA encounters.  The night held many bouts which thrilled fans.  Fox Sports 1 network hosted the main television fight card.

The Fox Sports 1 telecast opened with lightweights Chris “Kamikaze” Cariaso (16-5) facing Hawaiian Louis “The Last Samurai” Smolka (7-0) in a three round match.  Cariaso effectively countered as things opened up in round one.  Smolka was looking to grapple but “Kamikaze’s” defense was up to par.  The action was slow with the Hawaiian landing a few strikes whie Cariaso countered with knee strikes of his own.  Cariaso was able to keep some distance towards the end of the first and landed good leg and hand strike combinations.  Smolka smothered “Kamikaze” with less than one minute left and the Hawaiian landed knee strikes with success.  Cariaso wrapped his arms around the neck of Smolka with less than 15 seconds, looking for a guillotine but was not able to seal the deal.  Cariaso came out aggressively landing punches in the second.  Smolka looked to grapple but ended up on the floor with Cariaso having the advantage.   Smolka was able to mount but Cariaso almost submitted via arm bar.  Smolka was able to escape and did some good work but Cariaso countered well in return.  With less than 10 seconds left, Cariaso secured a ninja choke which looked to seal the deal but the bell sounded giving the Hawaiian another round.  “Kamikaze” kept landing shots at will and seemed to be in control.  With less than three minutes in the final stanza, Smolka was able to control on the ground and landed a solid ground-and-pound.  Cariaso gained his footing and preceded to land shots.  Smolka landed great punches but Cariaso was able to hold his own, landing some solid shots to the face as the round came to close.  The judges awarded Cariaso the victory via split decision.

The second contest of the night featured heavies as Soa “The Hulk” Palelei (20-3) met Ruan “Fangzz” Potts (8-1).  Palelei measured "Fangzz" early looking for his moment to explode on his less experienced foe. "The Hulk" slipped a punch and took Potts to the cage floor where Palelei immediately established a dominant position. "The Hulk" completed the mount and pancaked Potts with a left hand punch that put "Fangzz" to sleep with 2:20 minutes left in the first round.  It was a powerful, but predictable, win for Palelei.

Neil Magny (9-4) and Tim “The Dirty Bird” Means (20-5-1) locked horns in a three round battle.  Magny was able to control the opening round with solid boxing and lateral movement.  Means, a lefty, kept pawing with his right jab which Magny kept parrying with his left and coming over the top with a right counter.  Magny landed a left that placed Means on the mat late.  Magny continued to stand up dominance in the second, employing the same tactics that made him successful in the first.  Means was able to take Magny to the floor late and had some success with knee strikes but Magny was able to come back to his feet.  Means started doing a bit better as the second came to an end but Magny was still in control.  Means was able to get close early in the third and landed a brutal left knee strike that hurt Magny, but Magny was able to recover and continued moving.  "The Dirty Bird" got a hold of Magny’s neck and attempted a ninja choke but Magny, again, escaped.  Magny took Means down and then wrapped around "The Dirty Bird’s" waist, not allowing much movement.  Magny secured a back mount on a second takedown and was looking for a rear naked choke while he used an effective ground-and-pound technique.  The fight came to an end and Magny earned a well-deserved unanimous decision victory.

Eric “New Breed” Koch (14-3) and Daron Curickshank (14-4) battled in the Octagon for a tilt slated for three rounds.  The southpaw Koch was looking to land his straight left hand early but Curickshank was able to avoid it.  Both men looked to be more interested in a striking match then a ground attack.  Curickshank landed some hard leg strikes to Koch's body and then put "New Breed" on the cage floor with a vicious leg kick to the head.  Daron followed-up with a vicious ground-and-pound attempt which included multiple elbows to the face.  Koch was helplessly taking punishment, causing the referee to stop the contest.   

The co-main event showcased Costas Philippou (12-4) taking on Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin (14-2) in a three round combat.  There was no feeling out process as both Larkin and Philippou opened with hard leg strikes and punches.  The thudding blows could be heard as both fighters let their appendages go.  Philippou seemed to be doing more damage with his shots as "The Monsoon" was rocked several times early.  Larkin, who often switched his guard, landed some solid boxing combinations that froze Philippou.  This would be momentary as Philippou quickly came back with hard punches and legs strikes that stunned Larkin.  "The Monsoon" attempted to counter Philippou with a right but was caught by a sweeping left-right hand combination that immediately turned out Larkin’s lights.  The referee quickly jumped in and called a halt to the bout.    

The main prizefight of the night highlighted welterweights Matt “The Immortal” Brown (20-11) and Erick Silva (16-4) meeting in the UFC Octagon.  Silva, a native Brazilian, had to quickly execute a takedown as Brown, an Ohioan, came out aggressively striking.  Brown managed to come to his feet but was caught by a crushing leg kick to the stomach that sent him to the mat, wincing in pain.  The Brazilian quickly completed a back mount and was feverishly looking for a rear naked choke to end it but Brown was able to escape, coming to his feet and unleashing hell as he battered Silva with leg strikes and hard punches.  The Ohio contingent went crazy as Brown, the native son, sold out looking for the finish.  Silva, looking ragged, did his best to survive but was getting caught by brutal shots to the face.  Brown managed a takedown in the closing seconds of the first.  Both men looked exhausted as they headed to their corners.  Brown continued the aggression early with knee strikes and more shots to the head.  Silva managed another hard body shot but "The Immortal" quickly recovered and continued his striking assault.  The Brazilian was holding on by a thread as the Ohioan constantly landed hard right hand shots that rocked Silva.  Silva was game and caught Brown in-between shot to the body that again hurt "The Immortal."  Brown managed a takedown and commenced a vicious ground-and-pound but Silva was somehow able to escape.  The Ohioan achieved a full mount and continued to ground-and-pound.  Brown then maneuvered to a body triangle attempt and quickly switched to an arm bar but Silva was able to release.  The pace was torrid and both gladiators showed the signs of a grueling affair.    

The third saw "The Immortal" continue to land hard knees to the head of Silva (who must have a bionic chin as the Brazilian was able to remain on his feet).  The fight quickly changed to a ground affair and Brown was able to secure the mount.  Silvia was getting pounded with elbows and punches.  The Brazilian attempted a body triangle but Brown was able to escape and continued to land hammering blows.  Silva finally turned his face which prompted the referee to stop the massacre.  It was a dramatic win for "The Immortal" in front of his home state. Sergio

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