Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva Headlines UFC Fight Night 40

Written by Tom Ngo
March 3rd, 2014

UFC Matt Brown

Forget about Rich Franklin’s swan song headlining the UFC’s return to his hometown of Cincinnati. The former middleweight champion is far too occupied with his juice bar at this point.

The UFC announced Monday afternoon that a welterweight affair between Matt Brown (pictured) and Erick Silva will actually take top billing in the May 10 event.

Brown is enjoying a late career resurgence having rattled off six straight wins. However, “The Immortal” proved to be mortal when two herniated discs in his lower back forced him out of December’s pivotal bout with Carlos Condit.

Brown was last seen knocking out Mike Pyle in August.

Silva, meanwhile, if fresh off last month’s quick KO victory over Takenori Sato. The up-and-comer has alternated between wins and losses over his past seven fights.

U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio hosts UFC Fight Night 40. Fox Sports 1 broadcasts the main card live.

Here is the show’s updated lineup:

Justin Salas vs. Ben Wall

Chris Cariaso vs. Louis Smolka

Lorenz Larkin vs. Constantinos Philippou

Eddie Wineland vs. Johnny Eduardo

Manny Gamburyan vs. Nik Lentz

Erik Koch vs. Daron Cruickshank

Soa Palelei vs. Ruan Potts

Ed Herman vs. Rafael Natal

Matt Brown vs. Erick Silva

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