UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was successful in his light heavyweight debut, knocking out 205-pound knockout artist James Irvin with a straight right and ground and pound 61 seconds into the opening round of the main event of UFC Fight Night 14.
The eleven-bout event took place on Saturday, July 19th, at The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“I’m a Muay Thai fighter. Iâ€™ve been doing it since I was a kid,â€ said Silva after the fight. â€œI didnâ€™t come up to the 205-pound division to disrespect any fighters, but if you stand up and exchange Muay Thai, this is what happens.”
Silva connected first in the fight with a low kick then dodged a head kick by Irvin. After landing several more punches Silva caught an Irvin leg kick and landed a straight right that sent Irvin to the canvas. Silva followed his opponent to the ground and pounded away, eventually landing a pair of punches flush on Irvin’s chin to finish off the contest.
“This was my first time coming up here and it was a good experience,” added Silva. “But my responsibility is to defend the 185-pound title.”
Though Brandon Vera emerged victorious in the co-main event of the evening, he failed to impress with his unanimous decision victory against outmatched IFL veteran Reese Andy. With both height and reach advantages Vera was able to handle Andy in the clinch and win the majority of the striking. Andy was persistent and peppered Vera with shots and takedown attempts but it wasn’t enough to win the bout.
The cut down from heavyweight to light heavyweight was at least partly to blame for Vera’s performance on Saturday.
“The 205 cut was tougher than I thought,” said Vera. “I didnâ€™t think it affected me until me and Reese walked up and I was like ‘Woo, Iâ€™m tired’.”
In the “Fight of the Night”, Frank Edgar rebounded from his first career loss in April to defeat fellow-lightweight contender Hermes Franca via unanimous decision. Though the contest failed to feature much standup Edgar, a collegiate wrestler, and Franca, a submission specialist, tussled for position on the ground. Edgar worked ground and pound from the top while Franca looked for submissions from the bottom. Though Franca nearly ended the fight with a tight armbar in the opening round, Edgar’s ability to take Franca to the ground and keep him there while peppering him with punches and elbows from the top was enough to claim the unanimous decision victory.
Cain Velasquez proved his first win, a first-round TKO of Brad Morris in April, was no fluke with a first-round TKO victory over fellow heavyweight up-and-comer Jake O’Brien. After briefly exchanging on their feet O’Brien looked for the takedown but it was Velasquez who claimed the dominant position, pinning O’Brien to the ground in crucifix control. Despite his best efforts, O’Brien was unable to escape from the bottom and Velasquez threw punch after punch until the referee eventually stepped in to halt the fight at 2:02 of the first.
In the most controversial bout of the evening, Kevin Burns posted his second victory inside the octagon with an accidental eye poke TKO of knockout artist Anthony Johnson. After two close rounds of back-and-forth action both on their feet and on the ground, Burns threw an open jab the deeply poked Johnson in his right eye. Johnson screamed and fell to the mat in pain then covered up as the bout was not immediately halted. With no referee intervention Burns followed up and jumped on Johnson to throw more strikes but the referee stepped in and waived off the bout before any more serious damage was done. Johnson explained to the referee that he was gouged in the eye but the referee had already waived off the contest and the controversial win was awarded to Burns.
Despite an illegal knee in the opening bout of the main card, “The Ultimate Fighter 7″ runner-up CB Dollaway submitted fellow cast member Jesse Taylor via Peruvian necktie at the 3:58 mark of the first round to earn “Submission of the Night” honors.
“Knockout of the Night” went to IFL veteran Rory Markham, who overcame several hard combinations to knock Brodie Farber out cold early in the first round.
In a bout originally scheduled for The Ultimate Fighter 7 Finale, cast members Tim Credeur and Cale Yarbrough went head-to-head at UFN 14 and Credeur emerged victorious with a first-round TKO.
Despite securing an early takedown Johnny Rees was submitted by Nate Loughran via triangle choke late in the opening round.
Brad Blackburn topped James Giboo with a technical knockout midway through the second round of their preliminary bout.
In the event’s opening contest Dale Hartt submitted Shannon Gugerty via rear naked choke midway through the first round.
- Anderson Silva def. James Irvin via KO – Round 1, 1:01
- Brandon Vera def. Reese Andy via unanimous decision
- Frank Edgar def. Hermes Franca via unanimous decision
- Cain Velasquez def. Jake Oâ€™Brien via TKO – Round 1, 2:02
- Kevin Burns def. Anthony Johnson via TKO – Round 3, 3:35
- CB Dollaway def. Jesse Taylor via submission – Round 1, 3:58
- Tim Credeur def. Cale Yarbrough via TKO – Round 1, 1:54
- Rory Markham def. Brodie Farber via KO – Round 1, 1:37
- Nate Loughran def. Johnny Rees via submission – Round 1, 4:21
- Brad Blackburn def. James Giboo via TKO – Round 2, 2:29
- Shannon Gugerty def. Dale Hartt via submission – Round 1, 3:33