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Fitch: Fitch was brutally finished for the first time in his career during his last outing, so it will be interesting to see how he bounces back.
The former top contender might be a little gun shy on the feet, especially against such an explosive fighter like Silva.
Fitch, who is also recovering from a knee injury, has not won a fight since 2010—so the pressure is on for him to get a victory.
While a win may not put him back into immediate title contention, a loss will surely relegate Fitch to an even lower status on the divisional ladder.
Silva: This fight is a huge opportunity for Silva because he is taking a big jump up in the competition.
Unlike his previous opponents, Fitch is a highly successful veteran who will look to grind Silva down on the mat. The Brazilian must not let Fitch dictate the pace of the fight and should avoid the ground at all cost.
A win over Fitch will catapult Silva's career and may earn him a spot among the upper echelon of the division.