Despite initial concerns that he might be concussed or have a fractured jaw, Erick Silva checked out okay after what turned out to be a precautionary trip to the local hospital in Cincinnati on Saturday night.
Silva and Matt Brown put on an early candidate for Fight of the Year, but it was Silva who took the brunt of the punishment over the 12 minutes and 11 seconds that they fought. Though Silva landed some punishing shots at times, Brown unleashed a brutal combination of punches, elbows, and knees that totaled 161 strikes landed. He also found success on five out of five takedown attempts.
When the fight was over, Silva remained on the canvas for quite some. After Brown left the Octagon, Silva was still there, eventually removed on a stretcher and transported to the hospital.
At the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White said that Silva was taken to the hospital because they suspected that he might have suffered a concussion or a broken jaw.
Luckily, Silva suffered from neither.
“Erick Silva came back with a clean bill of health and can fly home 2 morrow!!! ” White tweeted overnight.
It’s an amazing testament to Silva’s toughness that he was able to last as long as he did. It was a Herculean effort, but Brown wasn’t to be stopped on his home turf in Cincinnati, increasing his winning streak to seven consecutive fights.
Having alternated between wins and losses over the course of his UFC tenure, Silva, however, will take a long hard look at the fight to see what he needs to do to take his game to the next level.
“I know that many will criticize me, but I won't give up, I will be back soon … Thanks to all,” Silva tweeted on Sunday.
The one thing no one will criticize is the Brazilian’s toughness.