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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brings us yet another interesting free card tonight (Sat., May 10, 2014) with UFC Fight Night 40 from Cincinnati, Ohio. Take a look at the special fighters and fights from the "Brown vs. Silva" event who have the potential to haul in one or more of UFC's new performance-based bonuses.
After suffering a huge setback late last year, surging welterweight Matt Brown is looking to pick up his seventh straight win against Erick Silva in the main event of UFC Fight Night 40 tonight (May 10, 2014) from Cincinnati. Will "The Immortal" live on, or is it finally "Indio's" chance to shine on the grand stage?
Coming off an impressive victory in his first fight as a UFC lightweight, Erik Koch looks to move farther up the division as he takes on Daron Cruickshank at UFN 40.
In the main event of tonight's (Sat., May 10, 2014) UFC Fight Night 40: "Brown vs. Silva" showcase on Fox Sports 1 from the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, Matt Brown looks to continue his strong run in the welterweight division -- he's on a six-fight win streak -- against hot young Brazilian star Erick Silva.
This Saturday night (May 10, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweights Costas Philippou and Lorenz Larkin will square off in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night 40, airing live at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
No. 12-ranked Philippou has been on a slide as of late. Former Strikeforce champion Luke Rockhold knocked him out with a devastating liver kick at UFC Fight Night 35, and he dropped a decision to Francis Carmont in his previous bout at UFC 165.
The Cypriot striker badly needs a win to get back some of the momentum he enjoyed during his five-fight win streak from 2011-2012.
He's in for a striking war against Strikeforce import Larkin.
After starting his mixed martial arts (MMA) career with an undefeated 12-0 run, Larkin has been inconsistent in his short UFC stint. He also fought at UFC Fight Night 35, losing a lackluster decision to Brad Tavares.
"Monsoon" has some of the best pure striking in the middleweight division, but he's giving up a big edge in Octagon experience. Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Philippou vs. Larkin:
Record: 12-4(1) overall, 5-3 UFC
Key Wins: Tim Boetsch (UFC 155), Uriah Hall (Ring of Combat 34), Court McGee (UFC on FX 2)
Key Losses: Luke Rockhold (UFC Fight Night 35), Francis Carmont (UFC 165)
Record: 14-2(1) overall, 1-2 UFC
Key Wins: Robbie Lawler (Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy), Chris Camozzi (UFC Fight Night 31), Gian Villante (Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry)
Key Losses: Brad Tavares (UFC Fight Night 35), Francis Carmont (UFC on FOX 7)
Possessing legitimate knockout power, Philippou has finished half of his 12 wins with a striking stoppage. He's going to have put forth a special effort to make Larkin the seventh. "Monsoon" was only knocked out in his Strikeforce loss to Muhammed Lawal, a result that was later changed to a No Contest after "King Mo" failed for Drostanolone.
While taking Larkin off his feet and negating his kickboxing would be a much safer path to victory, Philippou most likely doesn't have the grappling game (or desire) to make that happen. Instead, he's going to engage in a firefight and see if his striking holds up.
That could go either way, as Larkin will probably be looking to do the same. The fighters have only one submission win between them, a Philippou rear naked choke back in 2009.
Larkin has admitted his last effort was not an impressive one, so he should be more than motivated to make an example out of Philippou. With eight knockouts in 14 wins, Larkin's striking rivals Philippou's, and may even surpass it. His vaunted kickboxing paid huge dividends while he was in Strikeforce, but now it's time to prove that he can succeed in the Octagon.
Despite his reputation as a knockout artist, Larkin has won his last four victories by decision. If he can pick apart Philippou with a torrent of varied kicks and combinations, he'll go a long way towards neutralizing from Philippou's power.
This fight has slugfest written all over it. Each fighter has to keep his composure intact long enough to implement a solid gameplan.
Anything less could end with a devastating knockout, so enjoy the fight.
Costas Philippou and Lorenz Larkin are set to throw down in UFC Fight Night 40's co-main event. With both known for their explosive stand-up skills, who are you picking to emerge victorious in Cincinnati?
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This Saturday night (May 10, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweights Erik Koch and Daron Cruickshank will go to war on the main card of UFC Fight Night 40, airing live at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Koch recently made a return to 155 pounds following two straight losses against top featherweights Ricardo Lamas and Dustin Poirier. The move initially paid off, as he finished Rafaello Oliveira with a first round technical knockout at UFC 170. "New Breed" is looking to build a win streak in one of the toughest divisions in all of mixed martial arts (MMA).
Cruickshank has had a similar bout with inconsistency as of late, going 2-2 in his last four UFC bouts. He won his last fight with an impressive finish of Mike Rio at UFC on FOX 10. Koch promises to be a decent step up in competition for "The Detroit Superstar," so he's going to have to put on the performance of a lifetime.
Given the striking skills of both fighters, we could be in for war. Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Koch vs. Cruickshank:
Record: 14-3 overall, 3-2 UFC
Key Wins: Rafaello Oliveira (UFC 170), Jonathan Brookins (UFC Fight Night 25 Assuncao (UFC 128)
Key Losses: Dustin Poirier (UFC 164), Ricardo Lamas (UFC on FOX 6), Chad Mendes (WEC 47)
Record: 14-4 overall, 4-2 UFC
Key Wins: Mike Rio (UFC on FOX 10), Yves Edwards (UFC on FOX 8)
Key Losses: Adriano Martins (UFC Fight Night 32), John Makdessi (UFC 158), Luis Palomino (G-Force Fights - Bad Blood 5)
This is a rarely seen bout between two Taekwondo black belts. Koch relied mainly on his grappling to secure several wins early on in his career, but he's picked up two of his three UFC victories with strikes.
His best bet may be a return to his mat skills, as Cruickshank has tapped out in two of four total losses. Given "The Detroit Superstar's" background as an NCAA Division III wrestler, he may not be easy to get to the ground. If Koch can, however, he could open up a window for one of his fight-ending chokes.
"New Breed" won't shy away fro, any striking exchanges, but with Cruickshank winning eight of 14 bouts by knockout, grappling with him is the clearest path to victory.
Across the cage, Cruickshank will be looking to score a highlight reel finish. His powerful kicks and punches are his favorite skillset, as he's only submitted one opponent. Standing at 5'8", Cruickshank actually has a 2" reach advantage on the 5'10" Koch.
While that may not be the deciding factor, it should help Cruickshank get inside to utilize his power. Koch will undoubtedly be one of his toughest tests yet, but that means he also presents an opportunity to make a big statement.
Avoiding takedowns and dictating the pace on the feet is going to be Cruickshank's most intelligent way to capitalize upon it.
"New Breed" is out to prove he can become a contender at his former home of lightweight. Will Daron Cruickshank's thunderous striking put an end to those plans?
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This Saturday night (May 10, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweights Neil Magny and Tim Means will slug it out on the main card of UFC Fight Night 40, airing live at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16 veteran Magny won his last bout by decision over Gasan Umalatov at UFC 169 in February. The victory got Magny back in the win column after dropping two straight. He'll make a quick turnaround to face Means in Cincinnati.
After winning his first two bouts in the Octagon, former King of the Cage (KOTC) lightweight champion Means lost two decisions to Jorge Masvidal and Danny Castillo in 2013. He was temporarily sent down to the minor leagues for missing weight prior to his loss to Castillo.
"Dirty Bird" responded well by moving up to welterweight, defeating Pete Spratt and Artenas Young with first round finishes in Legacy FC.
On a roll in a new weight class, Means is back in the big leagues. Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Magny vs. Means:
Record: 9-3 overall, 2-2 UFC
Key Wins: Gasan Umalatov (UFC 169), Jon Manley (UFC 157)
Key Losses: Seth Baczynski (UFC Fight Night 31: "Fight for Troops 3"), Sergio Moraes (UFC 159)
Record: 20-5-1 overall, 2-2 UFC
Key Wins: Pete Spratt (Legacy FC 23), Justin Salas (UFC on FX 3),
Key Losses: Danny Castillo (UFC on FOX 8), Jorge Masvidal (UFC on FOX 7)
After showing a decent amount of promise on TUF, Magny has been inconsistent in his relatively short UFC run. A win over Means will be crucial in gaining some much-needed momentum in the stacked UFC welterweight division.
To come out victorious, Magny has to utilize his boxing to take control of this fight. With only two knockouts in nine total wins, Magny has largely preferred to outstrike his opponents on the way to a judges' decision. He does have an 80" reach, giving him the range to keep even the 6'2" Means at range. Keeping a high volume of jabs in his face will turn the tides in Magny's favor.
Means will be looking to fight with a clearly different strategy.
"Dirty Bird" has picked up an alarming 15 knockout finishes in 20 total wins, a testament to his fight-ending power. It's going to take some serious strikes to become the first man to ever knock out Magny, but you can bet Means is up for the challenge.
On the other hand, there's also a chance Means may be looking to take this fight to the ground. Magny has dropped two out of his three total losses by submission, but he's never been knocked out. Means could surprise with a choke if he can gain an advantageous position on the ground.
Overall, "Dirty Bird" looks comfortable and at home in a new division. Magny has to prove he can put his inconsistencies behind him if he wants to spoil Means' return to the Octagon.
Both fighters have excellent striking, making this bout an unpredictable one. Enjoy the fight.
Fighting in an incredibly tough division, Neil Magny and Tim Means will attempt to make a statement in Cincinnati. Are you picking TUF veteran Magny, or will "Dirty Bird" start his second UFC stint with a big win?
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This Saturday night (May 10, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweights Soa Palelei and Ruan Potts will face off on the main card of UFC Fight Night 40, airing live at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Former Australian Fighting Championships (AFC) heavyweight champion Palelei is on a roll, having won his last 10 mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts. "The Hulk" was most recently seen finishing Pat Barry in the first round at UFC Fight Night 33, prompting "HD" to return to kickboxing.
Prior to that, Palelei defeated Nikita Krylov in what was deemed a lackluster affair at UFC 164 back in August 2013. After debuting in UFC with a single 2007 loss to Eddie Sanchez, Palelei has won two straight bouts in UFC.
He'll welcome Potts to the Octagon in Cincinnati.
Former Extreme Fighting Championships (EFC) Africa champion Potts only has one loss on his record. He's finished his opponent in each of his eight other bouts, signifying him as a legit challenger ready for a step up in competition.
In a battle of terrifying nicknames, "Fangzz" will face a surging beast in "The Hulk." Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Palelei vs. Potts:
Record: 20-3 overall, 2-1 UFC
Key Wins: Pat Barry (UFC Fight Night 33), Nikita Krylov (UFC 164)
Key Losses: Daniel Cormier (Xtreme MMA 3)
Record: 8-1 overall, 0-0 UFC
Key Wins: Andrew van Zyl (EFC Africa 26), Ricky Misholas (EFC Africa 24)
Key Losses: Andrew van Zyl (EFC Africa 18)
With 16 knockouts and four submissions, Palelei has never won a decision. He'll be looking to add Potts to his growing list of victims with an early finish, but the South African has never been knocked out.
However, he's also never faced an opponent with striking power like Palelei's. Enjoying a sizeable experience advantage, Palelei will be looing to get inside with a vicious combination of punches. "The Hulk" has to be careful not to get wrapped up in a surprise hold on the ground, as Potts has ended half of his wins via submission.
"Fangzz" has to prove he can deliver on the grand stage of UFC. He's been given no easy task in this first fight, so maintaining a clear focus will be crucial to scoring the huge upset. We've seen many a debuting competitor fight well below their true potential due to Octagon jitters.
Unfortunately for Potts, falling victim to the same fate could easily see him staring up at the lights.
To avoid that, Potts has to be smart on his feet, sticking and moving to stay away from Palelei's thunderous knockout ability. He has four knockouts of his own, but there's no reason to stand and trade with a proven finisher like "The Hulk."
Potts is a confident, up-and-coming young heavyweight, but he'll quickly find out that he's playing in the big leagues. How he responds to that pressure is going to give us our first glimpse of how far he may go in the relatively shallow UFC heavyweight division.
The promising fighter has a golden opportunity to make a huge statement this Saturday. He just has to stop a surging freight train to do it.
With momentum on his side, Soa Palelei is looking to blast his way into the UFC heavyweight Top 10. Can the debuting Ruan Potts somehow put a shocking end to "The Hulk's" impressive run?
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This Saturday night (May 10, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweights Chris Cariaso and Louis Smolka will face off on the main card of UFC Fight Night 40, airing live at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1 from U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
An eight-year veteran of mixed martial arts (MMA), No. 10-ranked Cariaso was last seen defeating Danny Martinez via decision at February's UFC 169. He finished Iliarde Santos in his previous bout at UFC Fight Night 29, marking a solid two-fight win streak for "Kamikaze."
He'll be looking to become the first man to beat the undefeated Smolka, who won his UFC debut over Alptekin Ozkilic at UFC Fight Night 35 in January. The promising Smolka has finished his opponent in six out of his total seven bouts.
Now he's playing in the big leagues. Let's take a look at the keys to victory for Cariaso vs. Smolka:
Record: 16-5 overall, 6-3 UFC
Key Wins: Danny Martinez (UFC 169), Iliarde Santos (UFC Fight Night 29), Takeya Mizugaki (UFC 144)
Key Losses: Renan Barao (WEC 53), Michael McDonald (UFC 130), John Moraga (UFC 155), Jussier Formiga (UFC on FX 8)
Record: 7-0 overall, 1-0 UFC
Key Wins: Alptekin Ozkilic (UFC Fight Night 35)
Key Losses: None
Former bantamweight Cariaso has been up and down since making his way to flyweight, winning his divisional debut and then going 2-2 over his last four. He's failed in the face of true top competition, but Smolka has yet to prove he's at that level.
With experience being his biggest edge, Cariaso should look to control this fight on the feet. He's not really an effective finisher, as 11 of his 16 wins have come on the judges' scorecards.
His fighting style is actually a direct contrast to his "Kamikaze" nickname, so Cariaso will be best served to pick Smolka apart with his vaunted Muay Thai, peppering him with leg kicks to keep the young prospect's finishing ability at bay.
Smolka is the polar opposite of Cariaso. He's going to come out aggressive and look to finish this fight, perhaps with a choke or armbar. Cariaso has tapped out twice in five losses, and Smolka already has four submissions. They've come against lower competition in regional shows, so the onus is on Smolka to prove he can finish a UFC-caliber opponent.
Taking this fight to the ground will be his best chance to neutralize Cariaso's effective striking.
Smolka has been been thrown to the wolves with a Top 10-ranked opponent in only his second UFC bout, so he has an excellent opportunity to announce himself as a contender in the relatively shallow flyweight division. He could show up tentative under the bright lights and secede to Cariaso's experience edge, but that's not really Smolka's style.
The confident young fighter will be looking to end this fight quickly. Expect a decision to largely favor Cariaso, with a short bout sending Smolka to his biggest-ever win.
Louis Smolka has a chance to make a big statement in Cincinnati. Can the undefeated challenger get past the experience of Chris Cariaso?
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing its brand of mixed martial arts (MMA) back to "The Queen City" for UFC Fight Night 40, headlined by a welterweight bangfest pitting Matt Brown against Erick Silva, airing on FOX Sports 1 with "Prelims" bouts streaming live on the promotion's new "Fight Pass" digital network.
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