After continuing his impressive rise through the ranks of the UFC welterweight division against Charlie Brenneman in June, Erick Silva will now take his largest leap in competition to date as he faces off with Jon Fitch at UFC 153.
Silva (17-2, 1 NC) currently stands 2-1 in his UFC tenure, with the sole loss coming at the end of some shoddy refereeing by Mario Yamasaki, who disqualified the Brazilian after he blasted Carlo Prater in a mere 29 seconds this passed January.
Fitch (23-4-1, 1 NC) looks to stop “Indio’s” rise up the rankings dead in his tracks, the long-considered second best welterweight in the world returns to the octagon after a 10-month layoff. The American Kickboxing Academy product will look to rebound from the first knockout loss of his career, which came at the hands of Johny Hendricks in December. Prior to that bout, Fitch went on a six-fight unbeaten streak that saw him knock off the likes of Thiago Alves, Ben Saunders, Mike Pierce, and Paulo Thiago.
UFC 153 takes place October 13 at the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The event is to be headlined by featherweight kingpin Jose Aldo as he looks to defend his title against up-and-coming prospect Erik Koch.