The UFC on FOX 5 main card got underway with a welterweight bout between Ultimate Fighter alums Mike Swick and Matt Brown.
After a grinding Round 1 that took place predominantly on the mat, Brown was able to let loose with his hands in the second frame and scored an impressive knockout victory.
What we'll remember about this fight:
The first round was characterized by what can only be described as a cooperative effort from Brown and Swick to form some sort of human egg. Brown's triangle attempt and Swick's escape attempt led to some unorthodox grappling, the likes of which have not often been seen inside the Octagon.
In addition to the grappling anomaly, we'll remember the result as a major obstruction to Swick's comeback attempt.
What we learned about Brown:
Brown looked better than ever before. He was way stronger than Swick and kept him moving backwards all fight.
With four straight wins and three finishes over that period, Brown is making a serious push to breakaway from journeyman status and climb into contendership.
What we learned about Swick:
He's not where he needs to be in order to contend in the welterweight division.
Swick looked weak and slow from the opening bell. Whether it was just a bad night or the culmination of all his past health issues, he'll need to step it up if he wants his comeback to make a real impact.
What's next for Brown:
I'd like to see him get a shot at a high ranking guy to gauge just where he is at. Maybe a guy like Martin Kampmann, who is coming off a devastating loss, would be a good option.
What's next for Swick:
Back to the undercard. How about Rick Story?