Fast rising welterweight prospect, Erick Silva, will be in for the toughest test of his professional MMA career when he faces Jon Fitch at UFC 153. The event will take place on Oct. 13, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Silva has been amazing in the UFC, finishing all of his opponents in the first round. He did get a raw deal at UFC 142, after destroying Carlo Prater in 29 seconds. Erick Silva ended up getting disqualified for phantom illegal blows to the back of his Prater’s head, but he’s still undefeated in the UFC in my book.
His takedown defense – and ability to get back to his feet – looked good during his last outing against Charlie Brenneman, but Fitch’s wrestling is on a completely different level. Fitch has mastered the art of lay-and-pray, and “Indio” might find himself stuck to the canvas if the fight goes to the ground.
The Brazilian understands how much a win against Fitch will boost his position in the UFC’s welterweight rankings, and he plans to bring his A-game when the two meet inside the Octagon.
“Well, actually a win over Jon Fitch brings me closer to the belt,” Silva said during an interview with Tatame.com. “I’m sure that, right after this fight, after I beat him up. I’ll figure on the top of the division. … I really don’t think about that now and I’m not in a hurry to fight for the belt because I wanna earn more experience. After this fight and another one and have more experience, I will have the confidence for, when I fight for the title, I will be sure I’ll leave the octagon with the belt on my waist. I’m getting prepared for that, so I’m not really worried about that now.”
Fitch’s chin has been solid over the years, but he did get brutally knocked out in his last fight against Johny Hendricks. It’s hard to tell how the knockout might affect Fitch’s performance at UFC 153, but I can definitely see Silva overwhelming him with strikes.
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David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.