Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
One of the most interesting bouts on the card is Jon Fitch (23-4-1, 1 NC) vs. Erick Silva (15-2, 1 NC). The new kid on the block, Silva, takes on one of the long time contenders, Fitch.
Silva has been explosive in his short UFC tenure and has made waves as a potential future contender for the gold. Meanwhile, Fitch returned from a long layoff to be unceremoniously knocked out by Johny Hendricks.
No one knows how Silva will react when pushed. Charlie Brenneman had Silva down for a brief period of time before he popped back to his feet, but if Fitch can get Silva to the mat, he may be stuck beneath the grinder.
I believe Fitch will show why he is still one of the very best welterweights in the world by pushing Silva to the max for 15 minutes. Fitch will control the pace of the action and slowly wear Silva down for a unanimous decision victory.
Betting Odds: Silva (-130) over Fitch (Even) at Bovada.lv
Prediction: Fitch defeats Silva by unanimous decision.