UFC 153: Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva Preview

By Jeremy Green
Erick Silva UFC
Steve Mitchell-US Presswire

A dynamic welterweight bout takes place this weekend for UFC 153 when Jon Fitch takes on rising star Erick Silva.  Both of these fighters will be trying to move up the heavily contested welterweight ladder, and the winner of this bout is knocking on the door of a title shot.

Jon Fitch is tyring to erase the bitter taste of defeat when he got knocked out by Johnny Hendricks earlier in the year.  It was a brutal KO and he wants to prove to everyone that he is still on of the best in the division.  He sports a record of 23-4-1.  He has always been a perennial contender in this division, and he has even faced George St. Pierre in a title fight that showed his grit and unwillingness to quit.

He has notable wins over Thiago Alves, Mike Pierce, Paulo Thiago, and Diego Sanchez.  Fitch is one of the best wrestlers in the division, which is why he is the team captain at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California.

Erick Silva is coming into this fight with an overall record of 14-2.  He has notable wins over Charlie Brenneman, Luis Ramos, and Carlo Prater (even though it was ruled a no contest).  Silva has burst onto the UFC scene, and his dynamic striking coupled with his submission skills makes him a tough outing for any fighter that stands across from him.

He is also very athletic and has shown the ability to thwart off wrestlers, which can be seen in his latest fight with Charlie Brenneman.  His fight with Jon Fitch will be his toughest to date, and it will be interesting to see if he can move up into the upper echelon of the division with a win this Saturday night (October 8, 2012).

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