UFC 153: Why Erick Silva Will Dispatch of Jon Fitch in a Hurry

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistOctober 13, 2012

June 8, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; Erick SIlva waits to go into the ring for his UFC bout against Charlie Brenneman (not pictured) at BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
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Young gun Erick Silva likes to go for the knockout blow. At UFC 153, he’ll get his chance and execute against the slower veteran Jon Fitch.

Silva enjoys taking his matches over in dominating fashion. Both of his UFC wins came in the first round, including a complete thrashing of Luis Ramos in forty seconds.

Not to mention, he has been one of the hottest welterweights in recent memory. His UFC record stands at 2-1, but it could be 3-0 if not for an illegal blow disqualification against Carlo Prater.

After the match, it was revealed that the DQ was the wrong decision, yet the hype for Silva has not ceased by any means.

Silva has shown a complete arsenal of fighting techniques on his way to 14-2-1 as a professional.

He’ll have to be ready for a grizzled veteran who’ll try to extend the match in Fitch. Deep into his seventh year as a UFC fighter, Fitch has proved his worth with 13 wins, including most recently against Johnny Hendricks.

Even better, one of his only losses came against George St. Pierre in a title match—nothing to be upset about there. Fitch only has four losses in his career

Unfortunately, being number two in his division a year ago is a long ways away for Fitch. He has sat out most of 2012, and without a victory.  His 0-1-1 record is anything but inspiring

The body breaks down after years of MMA fighting. Fitch knows, as he has been struggling with shoulder problems all year. Fighting against a young spry Silva is not the ideal matchup to come back for.

Fitch could’ve used a tune-up match before fighting one of the UFC’s top prospects. Instead he’ll be thrown into the fire, and it won’t be pretty.

He will be the slow grinder in this matchup, which does not play to his strengths. Silva should be able to take advantage by playing his quick-blow game to an early victory.