October 05, 2012
Brazilian behemoth Antonio "Bigfoot" Silva came into his UFC on FX bout against Travis Browne riding a two-fight losing streak, but the 266-pound heavyweight employed his fists — particularly, a massive right hand — to right his course and notch a much-needed win via technical knockout in the early half of the first round.
Of course, it helped that Browne — himself 246 pounds and on a three-fight win streak — injured his knee with the very first high-kick he threw. To Browne's credit, the bum knee didn't visibly manifest itself until about a minute in, by which point he'd already picked at the former EliteXC champ with low-kicks from the outside and squirmed out of a potentially deadly tie-up against the cage. But with each subsequent step Browne grew more and more hobbled, and sensing vulnerability, Bigfoot lunged in and planted his fist squarely against Browne's jawline. The smaller man crumpled against the cage, and when Bigfoot followed up with a barrage of punches, referee Herb Dean wasted no time jumping in.
The stoppage was official at 3:27 of the first round.
With the win, Antonio Silva reestablishes himself as a force in the UFC's heavyweight division.
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