On the undercard of UFC 143, former Ultimate Fighter contestant Chris Cope fought longtime UFC veteran Matt Brown.
Having gone 1-4 in his last five fights, with all four losses coming by way of submission, Brown came out and fought like he had a chip on his shoulder, trying to improve his record to 13-11.
Brown did just that in the second round and got his hand raised for the first time since June of last year.
Here's what we learned from the undercard fight.
What we'll remember about this fight:
We will remember the finishing blows that put Cope away early. Brown stunned him with a perfectly placed right hook right on the button. Then, Brown moved in for the kill, knocked down Cope and threw three more shots before referee Kim Winslow came in to stop the bout.
Whether it was a late stoppage or not is currently being talked about.
What we learned about Chris Cope:
Cope isn't cut out to be a UFC fighter plain and simple. This is his second straight loss since winning on the TUF 13 Finale card against his fellow Ultimate Fighter castmate Chuck O'Neil. Now Cope has lost two straight—to Che Mills and Brown.
What we learned about Matt Brown:
Brown went back to his normal self tonight and duked it out with Cope, and it paid off. His striking looked good, and it could be a good sign and a great start to rebounding.
What's next for Cope:
He probably gets cut from the UFC, but if he survives he will most likely get a bottom-ranked fighter or someone brand new to the UFC.
What's next for Brown:
Brown could get a newcomer to the promotion or a low to mid-tier fighter. I don't think he is quite ready to get a notch up in competition yet.