Rising welterweight prospect Erick Silva will enter this evening's bout the heavy favorite over veteran Charlie Brenneman.
The Brazilian up-and-comer has had an impressive rise into the UFC ranks, finishing his opponents in 10 of his 13 victories. Silva's debut at UFC 134 showcased his vicious ability to end fights, defeating Luis Ramos just 40 seconds into the first round.
Silva followed up this impressive debut with another dominant performance, this time over Carlo Prater at UFC 142.
However, what would have been his fifth straight MMA win was overturned by referee Mario Yamasaki who controversially ruled the fight a disqualification loss to Silva for what he believed to be illegal strikes to the back of Prater's head.
Despite the recent setback, it is this killer instinct that makes Silva such a dangerous fighter. His well-rounded skill set, comprised of a black belt level jiu-jitsu game and heavy hands standing up, will prove to be too much for Brenneman as they clash at tonight's UFC on FX 3.
Brenneman is a solid wrestler with decent striking skills, but has faltered in the past against opponents more explosive than him.
The AMA Fight Club product's three career defeats are all against powerful and fast fighters including current UFC welterweight Johny Hendricks and former UFC vets John Howard and Anthony Johnson. Like these previous foes, Silva has similar speed and power but also a ground game to match.
Silva will pick Brenneman apart on his feet and force him to look for a take down. This will end up being a major mistake, as Silva will likely turn the tables and either end up on top— a dangerous position for Brenneman— or attacking with submissions.
The Brazilian prospect is a serious threat in the welterweight division and will prove that he's no joke as he decimates Brenneman tonight with either another TKO or submission win.