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Silva looks relaxed. Fitch opens the fight with a low leg kick. Silva goes with a knee but Fitch takes him down, and gets his back. He tries to get up, but Fitch drags him to the ground. Fitch is riding Silva. Fitch peppering Silva with punches. Fitch continues to drag him to the mat every time Silva pops up. Standing arm triangle attempt, but Silva gets out. They separate. Front kick by Silva. Big overhand right lands by Silva! Knee by Silva and he turns his back, but Fitch follows. They are clinched against the fence. Silva unleashes knees in the clinch, and Fitch grabs one and drives him to the fence and takes him down. Fitch drags Silva back down.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Fitch
Silva misses a spinning back fist, and eats an uppercut. Silva sweeps the foot and has Fitch on the ground! Fitch reverses, but Silva gets to his feet. Silva unleashing powerful shots. Silva has Fitch's back again, and Fitch separates the hands to get out. Fitch presses Silva against the fence. Fitch drops down, but eats elbows to the midsection from Silva. Fitch tried to take Silva down and missed, and now Silva has Fitch's back again. Both hooks are in and it is under the chin! Fitch has unbelievable submission defense. He is out. Fitch turns in to Silva's guard. Fitch has Silva's back! What a fight this is! Armbar from Fitch, but it wasn't in deep enough!
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Silva
Silva eats a right and Fitch puts him on the canvas. Big shots under the arm by Fitch. Silva is eating shots from the bottom, but avoiding a choke. Fitch goes for an arm, but misses it. Silva tries a guillotine! Fitch is out. Incredible fight. Silva keeps going for submissions from the bottom, but Fitch is too keen on what he's doing. Fitch is starting to mug the young prospect. Back to their feet with Fitch landing a knee. Fitch takes Silva back down. Both hooks and in and Silva is flattened out. Punch after punch lands. Silva is eating a lot of shots. Big elbow! There is no reason this fight should not be stopped. Silva trying to cover up, but almost every shot is landing. Silva finally gets up in the final seconds.
Bleacher Report scores the round 10-9 Fitch, and the fight 29-28 Fitch
Fitch defeats Silva by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
What an amazing fight. Worth the price of admission. Silva got pummeled at the end and the fight probably should have been stopped, but the young kid is a true talent and the loss will teach him some valuable lessons. Fitch, on the other hand, reasserts himself alongside the elite at welterweight. One hell of a fight.