Erick Silva’s (14-2-1 NC) rise to the ranks of the UFC roster was far from easy for the former Jungle Fight welterweight champion. After several years of competing, Silva decided to move to Rio de Janeiro to train with Team Nogueira. There he met and trained with Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira and Anderson Silva.
“It was not easy,” said Silva to TATAME. “I slept on the floor of the gym until Rafael Feijao invited me to live with him, which helped me a lot. And training with champions, only increased my passion for the sport.”
Nogueira was the first PRIDE heavyweight champion and UFC interim heavyweight champion for a time, while Anderson has been the UFC middleweight champion since 2006.
Since Silva came to the UFC, he has gone 2-2. He defeated Luis Ramos in his UFC debut, which took less than a minute. His following fight lasted under a minute as well, but was a disqualification loss due to punches behind the head of Carlo Prater. Silva would bounce back with a submission win over Charlie Brenneman, again in round one, before dropping a decision loss to Jon Fitch in front of his hometown of Brazil.
Silva was set to return at UFC 156 against Jay Hieron, before going down with an injury and infection in his leg. Silva said he should ready to return inside the Octagon around March.