Stay tuned to https://mmainsight.com this evening for all the results, live as they happen, from UFC Fight Night 40 in Ohio.
The action is set to get underway at aprox 6.30pm ET (11.30pm UK) with the main card going live at 10pm ET (3am UK).
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Matt Brown defeats Erick Silva by TKO at 2.11mins of Rd3
Costas Philippou defeats Lorenz Larkin b y KO at 3.47mins of Rd1
Daron Cruickshank defeats Erik Koch by TKO at 3.21mins of Rd1
Neil Magny defeats Tim Means by unanimous decision (29-28 x2, 30-27)
Magny did a nice job of using his long reach to his advantage along with constant movement in the first round to keep Means at bay while peppering him with strikes, and capped it off by dropping him momentarily with a left hand in the closing stages. Means was still stuggling to deal with the range somewhat in the second round, but did manage to land a takedown after catching his opponents kick and landed some good knees as Magny tried to work his way back upright against the cage. Magny responded with a takedown of his own though and then kept him in the clinch when they got back to their feet. Both fighters looking to exchange strikes in the third and Means land a knee that seems to hurt Magny as he attempts a takedown. Another takedown attempt from Magny and Means looks for a choke, but Magny drops to the mat and then escapes. Eventually Magny’s persistence pays off and he does get Means down and manages to move from mount to his back. He’s unable to keep the fight there though and in the final minute of the round Means drives back to his feet and lands a takedown just as the bell sounds.
Soa Palelei defeats Ruan Potts by KO at 2.20mins of Rd1
Palelie gets Potts down early in this one and after shrugging off Potts attempts to work a submission manages to get to side control and then into full mount. Straight away he starts working ground and pound and a short strike KO’s Potts, with Palelei landing a few more before the referee realizes what’s happened. Potts UFC debut lasted all of two minutes and 20 seconds.
Chris Cariaso defeats Louis Smolka by split decision (29-28 x2, 28-29)
Smolka wasn’t able to display the same kind of slick striking here as he did in his last fight, with Cariaso doing well dealing with his opponents height and reach advantage, still managing to land accurate kicks and punches. Smolka often ended up going into the clinch instead, but wasn’t particularly effective there. As the fight progressed in the second round Smolka managed to get a couple of takedowns, but Cariaso responded by threatening with submissions, including a guillotine attempt as the round drew to a close. Smolka had a little more success on the mat in the final round, managing to get full mount at one stage, but he couldn’t keep Cariaso down, and was still struggling to deal with him in the striking department. Smolka did start to turn up the heat a little with his punches later in the round, but Cariaso responded, taking his legs out from under him with a kick and landing a takedown, spending the final seconds looking for a guillotine choke.
Ed Herman defeats Rafael Natal by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Natal started this fight off brightly, landing some heavy kicks and then securing a takedown to work his ground and pound. Herman did well to get up with about 90 seconds left though and got a takedown of his own, allowing him to get a little payback with strikes and open up a cut. In the second round Herman was working his strikes well and Natal started looking for the takedown, eventually getting it, but didn’t do much with it and was stood up again. Herman managed to stuff a few more takedowns while being the more active striker in the remainder of the round. In the third there was a similar pattern with Natal attempting to get the fight to the ground without much success, while Herman looked to keep upright and land hard shots, opening up another cut on Natal’s face in the process. Natal started to engage more and landed a front kick to the face that Herman shrugged off, and attempted a few spinning backfists that didn’t find the mark as the fight rumbled to a conclusion, with Herman having done enough to get the nod on the judges scorecards.
Kyoji Horiguchi defeats Darrell Montague by unanimous decision (30-27 x2, 29-28)
Montague did well to make it out of the second round of this fight after being hurt badly by Horiguchi a couple of times, with kicks to the body in particular doing the damage, the second of which came late in the round and left him staggering back to his corner afterwards. All credit to him then for recouperating in-between rounds and coming back to put in a decent account of himself in the final five minutes, but as in the previous rounds Horiguchi had the edge in the striking and landed the better shots to help seal his unanimous decision victory.
Zak Cummings defeats Yan Cabral by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
Competitive fight here between two men with distinctly different skill-sets. Cummings marked himself out as the more dangerous striker early in the first round when he dropped Cabral with a hard punch. Following him down to the mat Cummings then got a taste of Cabral’s submission skills as he found himself swiftly wrapped up in a triangle choke attempt. Cummings ate some elbows too, but managed to survive and get upright, though Cabral did get him back down to the mat and ended the round on top. Cummings continued to look the better striker in the second round and didn’t give his opponent much of a chance to work his ground game, though he did smartly opt to take Cabral down himself late in the round to seal it in his favor. In the third Cummings caught Cabral by surprise on the mat by managing to end up in full mount and then took his back looking for the rear-naked choke. Cabral showed his experience on the mat though by staying composed and then eventually getting a reversal and threatening with a kimura before switching to an armbar which Cummings was able to escape and make it to the end of the round to claim a decision win.
Johnny Eduardo defeats Eddie Wineland by TKO at 4.37mins of Rd1
Wow, Eduardo just pulled off a big win here. Wineland was starting to get over-aggressive on the feet in the first round looking to land his own shots while neglecting his defense and Eduardo capitalized, landing a wide right hook that left him on wobby legs, then following up with another right that send him crashing to the canvas. Wineland wasn’t completely out, but the referee had seen enough and Eduardo looked over the moon to get the biggest win of his career so far.
Nik Lentz defeats Manvel Gamburyan by unanimous decision (30-27 x3)
Lentz’s grinding style proved effective once again tonight, stifling Gamburyan in the clinch and on the mat for large periods of the fight. Lentz also damaged his opponent’s right eye with knees in the second round, but despite earning a clean sweep on the scorecards he didn’t quite have it all his own way, with Gamburyan hurting him with punches early in the second and making a competitive showing of it in the third. Having said that, there was no doubt about the winner in the end and Lentz earns his fourth victory in five fights at featherweight.
Justin Salas defeats Ben Wall by TKO at 2.41mins of Rd1
Two fights in, and two quick finishes. This time it was Salas wasting no time in getting the job done, rocking Wall with a right hand and then dropping him with a straight left before landing some heavy ground and pound that left his opponent so dazed that he tried to grapple with the referee after the fight was stopped.
Albert Tumenov defeats Anthony Lapsley by KO at 3.56mins of Rd1
Tumenov was the aggressor from the start in the opening bout of the evening, putting Lapsley on the back foot before catching him clean with a left hook almost four minutes into the opening round to produce the knockout finish.