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Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva Set for UFC 153

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Jon Fitch will draw one of the UFC's top young guns in his next outing.

The longtime welterweight contender is set to square off with Brazilian Erick Silva at UFC 153, MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani has learned. Sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed the two had verbally agreed to the pairing.

Fitch was supposed to face Aaron Simpson in July, only to be forced out after suffering a knee injury. The setback apparently won't keep him on the shelf long. Upon returning, Fitch will be attempting to win for the first time in three fights. At UFC 127, he fought to a draw with B.J. Penn, and in his follow-up match at UFC 141, he was knocked out by Johny Hendricks, marking the first time he had been finished since 2002.

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Post #1   7/30/12 9:33:04PM   

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talk about a huge step up for Silva.

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In the words of the Legend in my Av, This will show if Silva is the real.

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Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww excellent fight

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Posted by BuffaloDave

In the words of the Legend in my Av, This will show if Silva is the real.



IMO Silva proved his hype against Brennamen but Fitch is a huge test for anyone.

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Woah. I would have never predicted this fight.

I think Fitch comes in hungry and wins a UD. This fight being in Brazil worries me a little bit though.

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Posted by BuffaloDave

In the words of the Legend in my Av, This will show if Silva is the real.



IMO Silva proved his hype against Brennamen but Fitch is a huge test for anyone.



I can get behind that, beating Fitch will just cement it then.

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Posted by BuffaloDave


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Posted by BuffaloDave

In the words of the Legend in my Av, This will show if Silva is the real.



IMO Silva proved his hype against Brennamen but Fitch is a huge test for anyone.



I can get behind that, beating Fitch will just cement it then.



Agreed. A loss to Fitch is not bad, and a win over Fitch will catapult him into title contention talks. Fitch may be a human blanket but he's one hell of a gatekeeper.

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Posted by Budgellism

Woah. I would have never predicted this fight.

I think Fitch comes in hungry and wins a UD. This fight being in Brazil worries me a little bit though.

Both have something to prove....Silva that he belongs and Fitch that his last fight was a glitch

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I hope this match happens. What a card! Looks like the best card on paper
of the year. Now if we can get Daniel Sarafian against Ferreira. That would be sweet.

Oct 13, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch [fw title]
- Vitor Belfort vs. Alan Belcher
- Glover Teixeira vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
-Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva
- Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra vs. Sam Sicilia
- Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira vs. TBA
- Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte
- Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi
- Diego Brandao vs. Joey Gambino

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Silva is a beast...be wary of anyone with the last name of Silva

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i like this fight. by no means am i saying silva will win but fitch can't just lay there and grind out a decision, he is really going to have to fight

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Oct 13, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Zuluzinho vs. Elvis Sinosic (main event)
- Jose Aldo vs. Erik Koch [fw title]
- Vitor Belfort vs. Alan Belcher
- Glover Teixeira vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson
-Jon Fitch vs. Erick Silva
- Rony "Jason" Mariano Bezerra vs. Sam Sicilia
- Cezar "Mutante" Ferreira vs. TBA(James Thompson)
- Sergio Moraes vs. Renee Forte
- Cristiano Marcello vs. Reza Madadi
- Diego Brandao vs. Joey Gambino

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I think Silva is future champion material, he's still relatively young, but this is probably too big of a jump in competition, too soon for him.

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Posted by Aether

I think Silva is future champion material, he's still relatively young, but this is probably too big of a jump in competition, too soon for him.

Like Hughes/GSP 1. Although GSP was winning he wasn't strong mentally and tapped without knowing there was 1 second left till the end of the round

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