Erick Silva needs to get back on the winning track, after being flattened by Dong Hyun Kim at UFC FN 29, but the rugged welterweight apparently doesn’t mind facing a top contender to do so.

Case in point, recently the 29 year-old Silva took to Twitter to call out his next opponent, and it was none other than the promotion’s #5 ranked welterweight, Demian Maia (translation via Fighters Only Magazine).

“Hey @demianmaia, what do you thinking of making a comeback to winning [ways] against a guy who is as bad on the ground and horrible at takedown defenses as me?”

How about that? Reading between the lines here, which isn’t hard, it certainly sounds like there’s more to the story no? Fighters Only reportedly reached out to Silva to find out more about the call out, but “Indio” didn’t offer much in the way of details. He did make it clear, however, that there’s some sort of beef.

“Well, I wouldn’t like to speak too much about it J. With all the due respect for him, I got my reasons and he knows which they are. I have never lacked respect for anybody.”

As of late Thursday afternoon, Maia hadn’t responded to the call-out, not via Twitter anyways. As Silva alluded to, Maia is also in need of a win, after losing by split decision to Jake Shields at UFN 29.

Maia-Silva would certainly be an interesting fight, but since the latter isn’t ranked in the top ten, Maia’s camp may not be interested in the bout.

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