At UFC 153, welterweight Jon Fitch carried his flag back up the welterweight rankings and planted it firmly at the top. Fitch combined ground and pound and surprisingly slick submission offense with his usual dominant control wrestling to defeat super prospect Erick Silva by unanimous decision.
What We'll Remember About This Fight
Fitch (24-4-1-1) returned to elite status and slowed the hype train of Erick Silva (14-3-1). Pretty good twofer for Fitch. The moment of the fight came at the end of the fight, when Fitch flattened out a flagging Silva and rained punches on him until the horn sounded.
What We Learned About Fitch
He was motivated Saturday night, and it showed. Other welterweights learned they still don't want to fight Jon Fitch.
What We Learned About Silva
He was a game opponent who showed off his jiu-jitsu for the first time in the Octagon. He tried submission after submission—and defended a couple himself—but he was outclassed tonight.
What's Next for Fitch
Another welterweight who looked great (if more measured) in his last performance: Jake Ellenberger.
What's Next for Silva
The loser between Dong Hyun Kim and Paulo Thiago, who fight November 10 on Fuel TV.
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