LFA 45 results: Erick Silva dropped but earns submission win in post-UFC debut

Fighting for the first time since being released from the UFC following a 15-fight run, Erick Silva (20-9) survived some real trouble to score a first-round submission win over Nick Barnes (12-4).

The contest served as the featured bout of Friday’s LFA 45, which aired on AXS TV from Morongo Casino Outdoor Pavilion in Cabazon, Calif.

Silva opened up the contest with several kicks from range that missed, while Barnes patiently inched close enough to land a sharp jab. After a big exchange of punches, the two moved into the clinch, where a Silva takedown was countered beautifully by Barnes, who was able to reverse as they hit the canvas and briefly hold mount. However, Silva refused to stay on the floor for long, quickly scrambling back to his feet, where both men had some success.

In the final minute of the opening round, Barnes landed a stiff right that sent Silva crashing to the floor. Sensing his opportunity to finish, Barnes rushed forward, jumping on top and looking to punch away. However, Silva gathered his wits, secured his opponent’s wrist and locked in a picture-perfect armbar. With the hold in place, Silva put pressure on the limb, and Barnes visibly grimaced before the fight was waved off with 17 seconds left in the opening round.

The win was Silva’s first since September 2016.

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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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