Erick Silva knows he will have plenty of pressure on his shoulders Saturday night when he steps inside the Octagon at UFC 153.
Silva will be taking on former UFC welterweight contender Jon Fitch in front of several members of his family. The bout goes down inside the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
All my brothers will be there, my father, my wife, my kids, all my family will be there Saturday and I won’t let them down. I think people are getting to know me better – the fans – and I am in a big fight this time.
Silva is viewed as a future contender in the UFC’s welterweight division. He is 14-2, but one of those losses was a controversial DQ in a fight he was winning vs. Carlo Prater. That bout also took place in Rio, a site where Silva is 3-1 all-time.
People ask about fighting for the title, but I am trying to build my career one fight at a time. This fight on Saturday is a big step for me on that road. When I see the chance to finish the fight, I will do so – right away.