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UFC on FX 5 results recap from last night for 'Browne vs Bigfoot' in Minnesota

The heavy-hitters headlined UFC on FX 5 last night (Oct. 5, 2012) at the Target Center and Travis Browne and Antonio Silva didn't disappoint, with "Bigfoot" making quick work of "Hapa" in the main event of the evening.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) last night (Oct. 5, 2012) staged yet another mixed martial arts (MMA) event, UFC on FX 5: "Browne vs. Bigfoot," from the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

UFC on FX 5 featured a massive Heavyweight mixed martial arts (MMA) showdown between the undefeated Travis Browne, taking on well-traveled veteran Antonio Silva. "Hapa" needed to expose "Bigfoot" if he had any intention of cracking into the division's elite; however, the Brazilian wasn't going to go down without a fight.

Not even close.

The two big men took to the center of the eight-walled cage early with caution, but fists soon began to fly and Browne was the one who retreated. "Bigfoot" closed the distance along fence and attempted a takedown, but was thwarted thanks in large part to the Hawaiian looping his massive arm over the top of the cage to keep him upright.

Shortly thereafter, Silva landed what appeared to be an innocent, grazing strike, but Browne wobbled and seemed to tweaked his left knee. The ringside announcers picked up on the potential injury, and so, too, did Silva, who continued to press the action with the hopes of making something happen.

And he did.

Silva connected with a huge punch that dropped Browne, who was clearly dazed. He tried to get up, but Silva was all over him as if it were an "All You Can Eat" invitation to a rodizio restaurant. After a few head bouncers, it was pretty clear that Browne was dead meat and that Silva had earned a very important win, his first inside the Octagon, snapping the dreaded two-fight losing skid.

It's entirely possible that the hobbled "Hapa" lost this bout because of his knee, but it's a safe bet that even on two legs he wouldn't have been able to survive the ensuing assault.

Back to the drawing board.


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Back in 2006, MMA veteran Jay Hieron handed undefeated upstart Jake Ellenberger his first-ever professional loss, earning a unanimous decision after three rounds of action under the International Fight League (IFL) banner. Hieron would go onto win the IFL Welterweight title one year later, while Ellenberger would go on to lose two of his next five bouts.

My how things have changed.

Fast forward six years, and Ellenberger was on the cusp of a 170-pound UFC title shot. Hieron, meanwhile, was toiling on the regional circuit and trying to win his way back into the UFC fray. It was a rematch that probably never should have happened; however, a Martin Kampmann knee flipped the script and sent the "Juggernaut" to the back of the Welterweight contender line.

And there is no better way to get back "in the mix" than to do it by avenging a loss, which is exactly what Ellenberger did in Minnesota. It wasn't pretty, and it certainly wasn't scintillating, but Ellenberger went another three rounds with the "Thoroughbred," but this time he walked away a winner.

Ellenberger controlled the pace of the fight, landed good strikes and scored a takedown-or-two throughout, which likely weighed heavy on the judges scorecards. Hieron was game, firing back and putting up solid resistance, but Ellenberger was just too disciplined and too good to topple this time around.

It was six years in the making.


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The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 14 winner, John Dodson, was up against his stiffest test to date in his young career against Jussier da Silva, long regarded as one of the top Flyweight fighters in the world. However, as is often the case, fighters need to prove themselves in the UFC to truly make that claim.

And, unfortunately, most of them don't, including "Formiga," who was making his promotional debut with a 125-pound title shot on the line.

Dodson clearly played it safe in the opening frame, both fighters did, actually. Safe enough for the boo birds to voice their displeasure as the little big men headed back to the corners for a mid-round break. Dodson must have taken notice and stepped up his attack in the second stanza, landing a nice hook that floored the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist.

However, "The Magician" didn't have any tricks up his sleeve to make him go away. Da Silva returned to his feet, but not for long -- Dodson landed a solid body punch, which he followed with a shot to the face that floored "Formiga." He rolled to his belly and Dodson swarmed, forcing the referee to step in and stop the action.

Dodson flipped out, literally, and it's hard to blame him with a world title fight against Demetrious Johnson up next.


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With two losses in three attempts inside the Octagon, Justin Edwards -- who was undefeated (6-0) prior to his UFC debut in June 2011 -- was likely fighting for his job last night against tough-as-nails veteran Josh Neer.

"Fast Eddy" lived to fight another day, wasting no time (just 45 seconds) with a fight-ending guillotine choke submission that put "The Dentist" to sleep quicker than a healthy does of nitrous oxide. There's apparently a meaning behind that moniker -- five of Edwards' eight professional wins have taken less than one minute.

And all of five of them have come by way of, you guessed it, guillotine choke.

Neer should have known better than to stick his head in there, especially so soon when Edwards was dry and strong. But, then again, Neer is typically his own worst enemy when it comes to avoiding takedowns or submissions, which have often been the primary reasons behind his 12 losses.

Too bad, too, because he was on a nice roll prior to tonight and the knockout loss to Mike Pyle in his previous performance.


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That's enough from us. Now it's your turn to discuss UFC on FX 5: "Browne vs. Bigfoot" in the comments section below.

Will Browne be back? Is Silva here to stay? Is Ellenberger the same fearless fighter he was before getting dropped by the "Hitman?" Can Dodson compete with "Mighty Mouse?" And will Neer ever get over the hump?

Let's hear it, Maniacs.

Be sure to also check out our complete UFC on FX 5 blow-by-blow coverage of the entire "Browne vs. Bigfoot" event right here. And for a detailed recap of the UFC on FX 5 "Prelims" bouts on FUEL TV click here.

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