Erick Silva has had several setbacks since he joined the UFC, but the Brazilian welterweight has also forged a reputation for being one of the division’s most aggressive and entertaining fighters. Case in point, if you never saw his May, 2014, battle with Matt Brown, well, you should take steps to change that ASAP.
Silva ended up losing the thrilling fight via third round, stoppage, but in December, he returned to action and quickly choked out Mike Rhodes. That fight also showcased Silva’s dangerous finishing skills, and was the fifth time in nine UFC bouts that “Indio” recorded a first round, finish.
Well tonight, Silva is scheduled to face Josh Koscheck in the co-headliner of UFC Fight Night 62, and since he’s gone 5-4 thus far in the Octagon, it’s a huge fight for the Brazilian. But, does that mean Silva might come out with a more calculated and conservative approach? Probably not.
Recently Silva spoke to UFC.com about tonight’s fight, and while discussing his aggressive style the 30 year-old stated:
“It means a lot,” Silva said, while discussing his reputation for being an exciting and relentless fighter. “Having a great fight gives every athlete satisfaction. In all cases, the most important thing is winning. If it’s possible to win in an exciting moment, it becomes even better.
“I think being aggressive is my way to have a safe fight,” he added. “It’s seems to be my best way to fight.”
Since Koscheck also likes to come forward, the bout has the potential to be pretty memorable, although the decorated wrestler might look to take it down. “Kos”, who was tapped out by Jake Ellenberger just a few weeks ago, has lost four in a row.
UFC FN 62 will go down in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and in the main event, Demian Maia will battle fellow welterweight contender, Ryan LaFlare.