Remember Erick Silva, a former UFC contender with wins over Josh Koscheck Jason High and Charlie Brenneman during his career?
Well, Silva returns to action this Friday night for the first time this year when he fights at Legacy Fighting Alliance 45 live on AXS TV.
For Silva, the bout is a chance to get back on track after 2017 losses to Jordan Mein and Yancy Medeiros dropped his overall record to 19-9. He had fought for the UFC for six years following a strong run with the Jungle Fight promotion.
In 2011, Silva made his debut inside the Octagon, finishing Luis Ramos in 40 seconds. He was disqualified a year later vs. Carlo Prater, but rebounded with a victory over Brennaman via submission. That positioned him for a key match with Jon Fitch, but he was bested in a “Fight of the Night” bout at UFC 153.
Silva picked up a reverse triangle armbar submission vs. High in 2013, but showed his inability to string victories together when he was knocked out by Dong Hyun Kim later this year. He won three of four from 2014-15 including his submission of Koscheck in Brazil before back-to-back losses to Neil Magny and Nordine Taleb.
The last win for Silva was in 2016 when he earned a submission vs. Luan Chagas that again earned him a “Fight of the Night” bonus.
In all, Silva earned seven fight-night bonuses with the UFC and is a former Jungle Fight welterweight champion and tournament champion.
His bout with Nick Barnes this Friday at LFA 45, though, will go to show if he wants to get back to the big time or not.