Brazilian Erick Silva and Canadian Nordine Taleb made the most of their appearance on the UFC 196 FOX Sports 1 prelims, banging it out and providing fight fans with a dramatic knockout finish.

We’ve seen both men in the Octagon plenty of times – for Silva, it’s been an up-and-down career of crushing KOs and definitive derailments. On Taleb’s side of the equation, it’s been runs on two different international TUFs, and a solid reputation as a workhorse.

Their disparate striking styles were on display almost immediately. Silva has been and always will be a wild brawler, capable of connecting with fists of dynamite suddenly and violently. But Taleb is a seasoned standup fighter with a great degree of technical prowess, offensively and defensively, so what unfolded was Silva absorbing kick after kick and punch after punch, and growing more and more impatient that his foe wouldn’t engage in a brawl. He did land with some kicks of his own, and when he faked a glove touch late in the first, he caught Taleb with a hook.

But the end came in Round 2, with Taleb timing a counter perfectly and planting a right hand square on the Brazilian’s forehead. Silva crumpled in a heap at 1:34 of the round.


Result: Nordine Taleb def. Erick Silva via KO (Punch) at 1:34, R2