Erick Silva engaged in one of the more memorable rounds in UFC history over the weekend against Matt Brown, nearly defeating the top welterweight contender at UFC Fight Night 40.
Silva, though, was unable to stop Brown’s win streak, as “The Immortal” finished him in the third and earned his seventh straight victory.
The Brazilian dominated the opening five minutes, catching Brown with a stiff kick to the stomach area that dropped him. Silva pounced, attempting to secure a rear-naked choke.
After the battle, he was carried out of the Octagon on a stretcher and taken to a nearby hospital for further examination. UFC president Dana White initially believed Silva may have suffered a concussion and a possible fractured jaw, but he escaped without serious injury.
On Twitter, he offered his thoughts on the contest, stating, “At first, I would like to thank the people that supported me and stopped by to watch the fight. I know I let them down.
“I have no excuses, I know that I’m behind these tough guys but I will always accept fighting regardless of the opponent or my possible win or loss. I know that many will criticize but I’ll not give up and I’ll be back soon.”
Silva (16-5) was seeking his first UFC win streak, but dropped to 4-4 overall with the promotion. Earlier this year, he stopped Takenori Sato via first round TKO after falling to Dong Hyun Kim last October.
Since coming to the UFC in 2011, Silva has defeated Luis Ramos by knockout, lost to Carlo Prater via disqualification, submitted Charlie Brenneman, dropped a decision to Jon Fitch and submitted Jason High.
Former UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has landed the lead role in an upcoming movie project. According to a press release, GSP will star in a remake of “Kickboxer,” a hit 1989 film.
St-Pierre, who stepped away from MMA last year, can currently be seen in the film, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” He will be joined in the upcoming movie by Dave Bautista, a former WWE pro wrestling champion. Bautista has a part in the film, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which is slated for a release later this year.
The Kickboxer remake wil lbe directed by Stephen Gung and produced by Ted Field of Radar Pictures. The film idea will be pitched during the upcoming Cannes market to prospective buyers.
Future casting is expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Alain Moussi will be introduced as the lead in the film after his work on “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” “Immortals” and “Pacific Rim” as a stuntman and martial artists.
“I am very excited about Kickboxer being in Cannes,” said Brian O’Shea, CEO for The Exchange, which is selling the film. “We have a visionary director, a strong Hollywood producer, a great cast and an action packed script based on a well known property.”
The original Kickboxer film starred Jean-Claude Van Damme and former world kickboxing champion Dennis Alexio.
St-Pierre cited a number of reasons for his decision to step away from MMA, including a desire to work on other projects. Earlier this year, he suffered a knee injury in training. The Canadian has yet to state any concrete plans regarding a return to the Octagon.
Below is the original trailer for Kickboxer:
Over the weekend, Brock Lesnar’s name came back up in MMA media circles. But this time, it had nothing to do with rumors of a return to the Octagon.
Instead, UFC president Dana White stated that Lesnar asked him directly to force Pat Barry into retirement. Lesnar and Barry were once teammates in Minnesota at the DeathClutch Gym.
“Brock called me and begged to make him retire,” said White, during his media scrum following UFC Fight Night 40 (thanks to MMAjunkie.com for the quotes). “He said, ‘Dana, you’ve got to get this guy to retire.'”
White stated that Lesnar, a former UFC heavyweight champion, told him, “I don’t consider too many people my friend and I consider Pat a friend.” Barry left the UFC after a fourth straight loss, signing with GLORY and returning to kickboxing.
Earlier this month, Barry was knocked out at GLORY 16. He has suffered four KO losses in the last two years of combat sports career.
White told Lesnar that “There’s only so much I can do.” He discussed how the situation is different for fighters like Barry compared to the Chuck Liddells and Forrest Griffins of the world, who are “multi-millionaires.”
“It’s easy to make them quit,” he said. “It’s tougher to make a guy quit who has to make a living. At the end of the day, it’s the state athletic commissions that should step in and help a guy like Pat retire. Or the people who care about him.”
Barry closed out his UFC career by going just 2-5 in his last seven, including 2013 first round knockout losses at the hands of Soa Palelei and Shawn Jordan.
UFC president Dana White didn’t sound to ready to proclaim Matt Brown the No. 1 contender to the welterweight title. Brown earned his seventh consecutive victory – and fifth straight finish – Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 40 when he defeated Erick Silva.
However, with the division currently locked up as champion Johny Hendricks recovers from surgery, the UFC still needs to see how things play out. Contenders Rory MacDonald and Tyron Woodley are scheduled to meet later this year, and several others have laid claim to the next contender line.
“I was just talking to him about that,” said White, during a post-fight interview on FOX Sports 1, when asked who Brown might fight next. “I told him, ‘Let me get home and figure it out.’ He’s not there yet because he was injured. We’re going to give him something big, maybe Hector Lombard is next.”
Last December, Brown was scheduled to face former interim champion Carlos Condit before a back injury scrapped the contest. Lombard is coming off a victory over Jake Shields earlier this year and is a former Bellator champion.
One fighter Brown likely doesn’t have to worry about stepping inside the Octagon against is Nick Diaz. Despite a large push on social media platforms for Brown-Diaz, the boss doesn’t see it happening.
“There’s no sign of Diaz,” he said. “Until they call me, both are not fighting. Nate will come back before Nick. Nick is still saying he’s retired.”
But all that is for the future. On this night, White was left in awe by the performance Brown and Silva put on inside his Octagon. Brown recovered from nearly being finished in the first to put the Brazilian away in the third.
“That was one of the best first rounds I’ve ever seen,” he said. “Brown ate those body shots like a champ. Those were brutal. The kid is becoming a big star, but he’s a huge star in Cincinnati (Saturday).”
For Matt Brown, there is just one man left for him to topple: Johny Hendricks.
Following a seventh consecutive victory at UFC Fight Night 40 Saturday night, Brown was asked during the FOX Sports 1 post-fight show who he wanted next.
“Johny Hendricks,” said Brown, looking directly into the eyes of the interview with blinking.
Brown (19-11) overcame a slow start vs. Silva to delight the Cincinnati crowd with his fifth straight finish. He has stopped six of his seven opponents during his win streak, which started after losing three of four from 2010-11.
This one, though, was more emotional for “The Immortal.” It was his first main event, five-round fight and he was competing in front of friends and family in his native state of Ohio.
“I came out and I was a little cold,” Brown said. “It was my first main event. I warmed up right, but then had to wait for the main event to start. I don’t know how to prepare for that. I was cold.”
Brown showed his humorous side, something he doesn’t normally reveal in interviews, when he said, “I guess I’ll have to ask Jon Jones” about getting preparing for main events. Jones is the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion and has fought in numerous headline fights.
As for a fight with Hendricks, that would have to wait until later in the year. The UFC welterweight champion is recovering from bicep surgery, an injury he suffered in March while defeating Robbie Lawler to win the vacant title.