Jon Fitch suffered a devastating loss in his last outing against Johny Hendricks, and he’ll be in for another tough fight when he squares up against Erick Silva at UFC 153. The event is scheduled for Oct. 13, at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Silva has been simply amazing in the UFC, finishing all four of his opponents in the first round. He was disqualified after manhandling Carlo Prater at UFC 142 – for alleged strikes to the back of his opponent’s head, but I don’t consider that a legitimate loss, considering the fact a majority of his finishing strikes were clean.
Even though Jon Fitch hasn’t finished a single opponent in his last ten fights, he’s still one of the most dangerous guys around at 170 pounds. His wrestling coupled with his cardio makes him a tough opponent for anyone in the division, and his striking isn’t too shabby either. However, Silva is a versatile striker, and he’ll probably dominate the striking exchanges at UFC 153.
Given the fact Fitch is still one of the best wrestlers in the UFC’s welterweight division, it’ll be interesting to see how Silva deals with an elite level wrestler. His takedown defense looked pretty solid in his last fight against Charlie Brenneman – a decent wrestler himself, but it’s safe to say Fitch’s wrestling is on another level.
Motivation certainly won’t be a problem for either man, considering the fact a win will probably put the victor in title contention. However, I really like what I’ve seen from Silva so far, and expect him to do well at UFC 153.
With other fights like Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch and Damien Maia vs. Rick Story set for the UFC 153 fight card, it safe to say that the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s next card in Brazil will be another success.
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.