Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone as UFC Fight Night 40 blew the roof off U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, last Saturday night (May 10, 2014).
Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Erik Koch -- who was upset by Daron Cruikshank (read full recap here) -- and Lorenz Larkin -- who was knocked out by the heavy hands of Costa Phillipou in round one (see it again right here).
But, which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover 48 hours removed from the show?
Erick Silva, who left the Octagon on a stretcher.
The young Welterweight prospect looked to build on his previous victory over Takenori Sato by ending the six-fight win streak of the red-hot Matt Brown.
Easier said than done.
Brown proved to be too good and too tough for the up-and-coming Brazilian, as "The Immortal" survived a few first-round scares to keep his title hopes alive.
From the onset, both men came out aggressive and provided fight fans with one of the most exciting first rounds and overall fights in recent memory (watch full fight video highlights here), with Silva landing a well-placed liver kick early on that crumbled Brown, proceededing to pounce on him with some ground-and-pound.
When that didn't finish the job, "Indio" opened up his jiu-jitsu arsenal, sinking in a near fight-ending neck crank. After Brown escaped the submission attempt, it was all she wrote from there as Brown, it seemed, caught his second wind as he proceeded to simply beat up the young Brazilian with non-stop punches, knees and kicks.
You name it, Brown threw it.
Sure, the betting experts told you Brown was a 2-to-1 underdog, but "The Immortal" proved that sometimes even the so-called experts don't have a clue what they're talking about.
So what went wrong for Silva?
He simply ran into one hell of a determined fighter who was destined to cement his place as a legit contender to the 170-pound crown by putting on a one-way beatdown. And in front of his own home crowd and family, of all things.
Silva proved to be tough as nails, though, absorbing plenty of punishment and refusing to waiver before the referee thankfully stepped in to save him in round three. The good news is that, according to his manager, Silva did not suffer any major injuries. However, as talented as Silva is, he needs to figure out a way to be more consistent if he ever wants to break through the upper echelon of fighters.
Heck, he needs to do that just to secure his spot on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster.
Since making his debut back in 2011, Silva has alternated wins and loses, failing to rack up consecutive victories inside the Octagon. Furthermore, "Indio" has yet to pick up that impressive victory against a top UFC opponent that can put him over the top.
He has all the talent and potential to make some noise, but something seems to be missing for Silva. What exactly it is, perhaps only he knows.
Whatever it is, hopefully he's found it by the time he next steps foot inside the Octagon. He has already vowed to return to action sooner than later a better fighter. Perhaps a fight against Seth Baczynski will be a good comeback challenge for the Brazilian to see just how he bounces back after a brutal loss.
Unless, of course, you have another name in mind.