It was a very interesting weekend for Florida fighters. Antonio Silva of American Top Team scored a huge win over Travis Browne, who injured his knee early in the fight. Browne seemed to panic, drop his hands and leave himself wide open for Antonio Silva to wade right in with heavy shots. Big win for Silva and likely not a major set back for Browne. Blackzilian fighter Michael Johnson scored a big come-from-behind knockout in the second round his fight, after getting dropped and nearly choked out in the first round.
American Top Team newcomer Brett Rogers got a good old fashion Kyokushin beat-down from Alexander Volkov in Bellator. Apparently Rogers broke his arm blocking a kick in the opening minutes, but that only partially explains the extremely poor showing on Friday night. Carlo Prado, also of American Top Team, lost a close split decision on the UFC on FX 5 undercard.
The Championship Fighting Alliance turned in an exciting night of fights live in Florida as local prospect Valdir Araujo won a close split decision over late replacement Paul Bradley.
More general MMA news of the weekend at UFC on FX 5 John Dodson and Jussier da Silva didn't turn in the most thrilling fight, but it had a very exciting conclusion. Both fighters had a feeling out process in the first round, but in the second round Dodson really let his hands go. And it was the left hand that really did the damage. And now Dodson has the chance to become the fourth Ultimate Fighter champion to become UFC Champion. His fight with Demetrious Johnson promises to deliver action worthy of Johnson's Xbox 360 sponsorship.
One FC had a very exciting set of fights, in the main event Shinya Aoki made very short work Arnaud Lepont, putting the Frenchman to sleep with a triangle choke. And in the One FC Lightweight Title match Kotetsu Boku pulled an awesome comeback when he knocked out Zorobabel Moreira. In the first round Zorobabel was all over Boku, peppering him with strikes and it appeared Boku injured his knee. The second round picked up right were the first left off and then suddenly Boku landed a punch that rocked Zorobabal. Boku was able to pounce and finish the fight, becoming the Lightweight Champion in dramatic fashion. It was an extremely gutsy performance and Boku did an excellent job of keeping his cool and waiting for his chance.