Jon Fitch (23-4, 1NC, MMA) is set to fight Erick Silva (14-2, 1NC, MMA) at UFC 153. The fight is set for October 13th at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Silva’s manager, Wallid Ismail, broke the news on Twitter earlier today.
— Wallid Ismail (@WallidJfc) July 31, 2012
That translates (ala google translator) to: The Brazilian @ ErickSilvaMMA TOWARDS TITLE will face Jon Fitch at UFC 153, @ WallidJfc.
Since being knocked out in :12 seconds by Johny Hendricks in December 2011 at UFC 141, Fitch has been out of competition with a knee injury. He was supposed to fight Aaron Simpson in July, but could not recover in time. This fight is particularly dangerous for the Fitch who’s been out of the cage, didn’t earn a win in 2011 and is looking to rebound from a loss.
Erick Silva hasn’t wasted any time with his opponents in his quest to climb the to the top of the welterweight division. He defeated Luis Ramos in his UFC debut, KO’ing him :40 seconds into the first round. At UFC 142, Silva was controversially disqualified for strikes to the back of the head after KO’ing Carlo Prater :29 seconds into round one. Most recently, Silva outclassed Charlie Brenneman, submitting him with a rear naked choke at 4:33 into round one and earning Submission of the Night honors.