Jon Fitch is a highly-decorated wrestler and a former contender to the UFC welterweight title. That doesn’t bother Erick Silva as he prepares for Fitch.
Silva and Fitch will meet in October at UFC 153. The two are each looking to make a statement in the 170-pound division.
For Silva, this is an opportunity to secure a win against a name foe. After being disqualified for illegal strikes against Carlo Prater earlier this year, Silva rebounded to submit Charlie Brenneman. His plan for Fitch revolves around imposing his will.
“Don’t be surprised if I take Jon Fitch down,” laughed Silva, during a recent interview with Tatame. “We’re training a lot. I’m taking many guys down on the trainings.”
Silva believes a win over Fitch will move him into a strong position in the division, adding, “after I beat him up, I’ll figure on top of the division.”
This will mark the third of four UFC fights for Silva in his native country of Brazil. UFC 153 takes place October 13 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.