One of the top rising stars at 170lbs will face a top ten divisional veteran at UFC 153 in Rio this October.

Erick Silva, who has been nothing short of devastating, will take on former top welterweight title contender Jon Fitch at the upcoming show in Rio de Janeiro.

Since debuting in the UFC, Erick Silva has impressed just about everybody with his thunderous power and slick speed as he’s quickly moved to 2-1 in the Octagon with the lone loss coming by way of disqualification after a controversial stoppage at UFC 142.

Silva most recently finished Charlie Brenneman at UFC on FX 3 in June, and now looks to add a top ten opponent to his resume come October.

Jon Fitch has been a mainstay at the top of the welterweight division for years.

The long time American Kickboxing Academy fighter has loomed around title shots numerous times, but suffered a tough loss in his last outing as he was floored by Johny Hendricks last December.

Now Fitch looks to erase the memory of the loss and pick up a win over a young up and comer who will try to make his name by beating an established veteran.

It’s likely the bout between Silva and Fitch will be a featured fight on the upcoming UFC 153 card headed to the HSBC Arena in Brazil on October 13.

Silva’s manager Wallid Ismael confirmed the fight via Twitter on Monday night after an initial report from MMAFighting.com.

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