Whether you missed him or not, Jon Fitch is back.
In the opening round of his UFC 153 battle with Brazilian prodigy Erick Silva, Fitch utilized a smothering clinch game that led to multiple takedowns, submission attempts and even a big elbow shot that wobbled his opponent.
Round two saw an exciting striking exchange early, with Silva throwing a sweeping low kick that put Fitch down. In the grappling that followed, a standing Silva landed several hammerfists to the head of Fitch, who refused to give up on a takedown attempt.
With two minutes left on the clock, Silva secured a deep rear-naked choke that Fitch somehow escaped. It wasn't clear how the AKA stud removed himself from danger, but perhaps Silva gassed out his arms in the minute-long attempt.
Fitch would lock in a nasty armbar in the round's final 15 seconds, but Silva was able to roll through and survive, although he would need assistance to get on his stool between rounds.
The final round opened with Silva looking exhausted. Fitch earned a trip takedown within the first 30 seconds and landed lots of uppercuts from top position before locking in hooks.
The back and forth exchanges continued as Silva would throw a hail mary in the form of an arm-in guillotine that was ultimately unsuccessful.
Fitch would flatten out Silva and throw tremendous damage from the top. Referee Mark Goddard would tell Silva that he needs to fight back with a minute left on the clock. Despite Silva not doing anything to intelligently defend himself, no stoppage was called and Fitch would win a decision.
This was undoubtedly the most exciting performance seen out of Fitch in several years, and he deserved the TKO stoppage.
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