While UFC FN 58 will feature top Brazilian stars like Lyoto Machida and Renan Barao, it will also mark the return of welterweight Erick Silva, who will battle Mike Rhodes.
Silva will be fighting for the first time since his thrilling scrap with Matt Brown in May, which saw the latter score a third round stoppage win. Not long after the ‘Fight of the Year” candidate, Silva underwent surgery to repair a deviated septum.
Since Silva has scored some memorable wins throughout his 8 fight tenure in the UFC, and Rhodes has gone 0-2, “Indio” is a pretty sizeable favorite on the betting lines. But what does Silva think of the Roufusport welterweight?
Well, while speaking to UFC.com recently about Saturday’s fight, here is what Silva had to say about the match-up:
“He is a great athlete and he needs the victory as much as I do,” Silva said. “It will be a war.”
Although one could point out that Silva’s defeats have come against top tier fighters in Brown, Jon Fitch and Dong Hyun Kim (the loss to Carlo Prater was by DQ), a loss to Rhodes would indeed be a serious setback. Would it cost him his UFC roster spot? Probably not, when you consider Silva’s abilities, and the fact he’s scored finishes in all four of his UFC victories. It should also be noted that all of Silva’s wins have gone down in the first round.
Of course, Silva is hoping to record another highlight reel victory and spring board off of it for a big campaign next year.
“2014 was a year that I started really well,” Silva said. “I had a tough loss that taught me a lot, and right after that I went through a surgery. So I am eager to be back and I hope that I get to fight at least four times in 2015 and be ranked within the best of my category with consecutive and convincing wins.”
Yes, it’s a compelling bout, as Silva carried some considerable hype in his early UFC days, and a lot of folks haven’t closed the book yet on his contender potential just yet.
UFC FN 58 will go down on Sao Paulo, Brazil,a nd will also feature Lyoto Machida taking CB Dollaway and Renan Barao versus Mitch Gagnon.