Minneapolis, MN, United States (4E Sports) – Heavyweight Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva decked Travis Browne with a solid overhand right to the jaw en route to a first-round technical knockout victory at UFC on FX5 Friday at Target Center, ending a two-match losing skein.
The win helped erase the memory of Silva’s stinging loss to former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez in his UFC debut.
Silva sent Browne to the canvas with the powerful blow them jumped on him, landing several strikes before referee Herb Dean ended the fight at the 3:27 mark of the first round.
“I trained two months for this fight,” said Silva, who improved to 17-4. “I lost my first fight in the UFC.”
Before the knockout punch, Browne (13-1-1) appeared to have injured his left knee after missing with a right hand.
After more six years, welterweight Jake Ellenberger finally got his revenge by beating Jay Hieron via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout for Ellenberger, 29-28.
The victory improved Ellenberger’s record to 27-6 while Hieron dropped to 23-6.
Meanwhile, John Dodson grabbed the right to face flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson after stopping Jussier Formiga via a second-round technical knockout victory.
Dodson dropped Formiga twice in the second round with left hooks before finally finishing him off with several more left shots at the 4:35 mark.
“It’s going to be the super-fastest fight you will ever see,” Dodson said of his bout with Johnson.
Meanwhile, Justin Edwards’ guillotine choke rendered Josh Neer unconscious, forcing referee Nick Gamst to end the match at the 45-second mark of the first round.
With the victory, Edwards improved to 8-2 while Neer dropped his second consecutive fight and fell to 33-12-1.