The main event of the UFC Fight Night 40 card will go down in MMA history books as one of the most entertaining bouts ever thanks to the gutsy performances turned in by Matt Brown and Erick Silva.
Brown wasn’t the only underdog that emerged victorious on Saturday, a few others proved the oddsmakers wrong as well.
Here are the biggest winners and losers from the UFC Fight Night 40 fight card held on May 10 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio:
1. Matt Brown
The immortal stole the show on Saturday. He survived a brutal body shot early in the bout that led to Silva transitioning to his back, threatening with a rear-naked choke, but it was all Brown from that point forward. “The Immortal” mercilessly brutalized the Brazilian with hard shots, elbows, throws, and knees, eventually putting him away early in the third round.
As far as I’m concerned, Brown earned a shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s welterweight title with his performance at UFC Fight Night 40.
2. Johnny Eduardo
Eduardo was a +650 underdog heading into his fight against Eddie Wineland, but that didn’t affect his confidence. He made it clear he was there to compete during the opening minutes, peppering Wineland’s lead leg with kicks.
An overhand right made its way to Eddie’s chin during the final minute of the first round, and Eduardo followed up with another hard right, ending their UFC Fight Night 40 showdown.
3. Daron Cruickshank
Cruickshank was another huge underdog heading into UFC Fight Night 40. He certainly didn’t fight like one though. He displayed his versatile striking arsenal during his bout against Erik Koch, landing early and often.
A high kick eventually found its mark, dropping Koch, and Cruikshank followed up with a barrage of punches, forcing referee Gary Copeland to stop the action at 3:21 of round one.
Notable mentions: Erick Silva (for the tremendous heart displayed), Costas Philippou, and Zak Cummings.
1. Eddie Wineland
Well, when you’re a 7:1 favorite, folks expect you to emerge victorious. Wineland didn’t just fail to secure victory, it was his well-documented bad habit of keeping his head straight up that led to his demise. A poor habit UFC commentator Joe Rogan never fails to point out during his fights.
2. Erik Koch
With the loss to Cruikshank at UFC Fight Night 40, Koch has now lost three of his last four bouts. Tough break for a guy who was the number one contender in the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s featherweight division a couple of years ago as he now becomes one of the unranked fighters at 145.
3. Ben Wall
This dude’s UFC career certainly isn’t getting off to a good start. He was knocked out during the first round of his promotional debut, and he suffered the same fate at UFC Fight Night 40, dropping him too 0-2. It’s hard to see him surviving the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s next round of cuts.
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.