UFC welterweight contender and one of the division’s
up-and-coming stars have been paired for an October showdown in Rio
Onetime title contender Jon Fitch and
former Jungle Fight champion Erick Silva
have agreed to square off at UFC
153, Silva’s manager, Wallid
Ismail, confirmed Monday on Twitter.
It is unknown where the 170-pound bout will fall on the rapidly
expanding card, which takes place Oct. 13 at Rio’s HSBC Arena and
is headlined by Jose Aldo’s
featherweight title defense against Erik Koch.
A longtime No. 2 to divisional ruler Georges St.
Pierre, 34-year-old Fitch has fallen in the rankings after a
12-second knockout loss at the hands of fellow wrestler Johny
Hendricks in December. Fitch’s UFC record stands at an
impressive 13-2-1, with the only other Octagon blemish coming in a
five-round August 2008 loss to St. Pierre.
Silva, 28, fights out of Rio’s X-Gym, where he trains alongside UFC
middleweight champ Anderson
Silva, and is a member of Team Nogueira. He was last seen in
June, when he choked out Charlie
Brenneman in the opening round. The last time Silva fought in
Rio, he suffered the second loss of his career in a controversial
disqualification against Carlo