The UFC on FX 5: "Browne vs. Bigfoot" event that took place tonight (Oct. 5, 2012) at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was headlined by a heavyweight brouhaha that saw Antonio Silva return to the Octagon to take on the undefeated Travis Browne.
A win for Browne would likely put him near the top of the heap, or at least sniffing the top five. Hey, that's what they said for Stefan Struve and "Hapa" destroyed him. So why not?
As for "Bigfoot," he came in with all the pressure in the world hanging on his considerable shoulders. His final Strikeforce fight saw him knocked out cold by Daniel Cormier and his UFC debut ended when Cain Velasquez stopped him in one round and left him in a pool of his own blood.
This was must win.
He knew it and he delivered on it in a big, big way.
Silva initially attempted to use his wrestling to get the fight to the mat early but Browne cheated and used the cage to keep himself upright.
Kharma's a bitch, though, and "Bigfoot" murdered him with a massive right hand while Browne was fading back against the fence. The follow up punches were academic.
After the fight ended, "Hapa" hobbled around the cage, hardly able to stand both because he was viciously knocked out and because he suffered an injury to his knee early in the fight. Is that what ultimately led to his downfall? Perhaps but the end result is the same.
Silva with his hand raised, successful for the first time under the UFC banner.
Who should he fight next, Maniacs?