If Jon Fitch wants to get back to the title he will have to prove he is still a top contender by taking out a hungry up and comer. He has been offered a fight with Brazilian prospect Erick Silva. The potential fight would take place in Silva’s home country of Brazil at UFC 153 in Rio de Janeiro on October 13th at the HSBC arena. The event already has some big names attached to the card. Jose Aldo will be defending his title against Erik Koch, Vitor Belfort taking on Alan Belcher, and Glover Teixeira taking on former UFC light-Heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson in his last UFC bout.
Jon Fitch, of course has not fought since getting knocked out by Johny Hendricks back in December of 2011. Before that fight Jon had never lost to anyone but GSP in the octagon. So, he is still a name people want to have on their record to make them a legitimate threat to the title. At age 34 though, another loss for Fitch may put the long time contender at the bottom of the totem pole.
Silva, so far has looked like an absolute terror in the welterweight division. Many point to Rory MacDonald as the future of the 170 division, but it could just as easily go to another Silva. In his first three fights in the UFC he has finished all of his opponents, and two of them come under 60 seconds. Given the win over Carlos Prater was turned into a loss, because the punches were deemed illegal (controversial, back of the head). If Dana White’s opinion means anything, which it generally does, he was still awarded his win performance after the disqualification. Plus, he took out divisional standout Charlie Brenneman in his last fight, showing he can keep up with wrestlers. That will be put to the test again as he takes on one of the top wrestlers in the division in Fitch, and who with a win over could rocket himself to the top of the division.