Welterweights Erick Silva and Jay Hieron will each have the opportunity to get back on track come 2013, as the two have signed to meet at UFC 156.
Erick Silva didn’t have the kind of performance he was hoping for earlier this year against Jon Fitch in Brazil.
So, Silva informed the UFC that he wanted a return match as soon as possible. The promotion has agreed, according to a recent interview Silva gave with Tatame.
I enjoyed my family a bit in my time of rest after the fight, but unlike the other times, have resumed training well in advance. I asked my manager a fight as soon as possible, I want to keep my ballast training.
Silva said he will be competing at UFC 156, but has no opponent lined up yet. He added that an opponent should be known “in a week or two.”
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Erick Silva shares where he comes from and how he became who he is today.
The Brazilian crowd turned out in huge numbers Friday for the weigh-ins for UFC 153.
In the main event, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will face Stephan Bonnar at light heavyweight.
Several other Brazilians will also compete on the card, including Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Glover Teixeira and Erick Silva.
UFC 153 WEIGH-IN RESULTS
Main Card (PPV)
Anderson Silva (202 lbs.) vs. Stephan Bonnar (205 lbs.)
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (243 lbs.) vs. Dave Herman (244 lbs.)
Glover Teixeira (204 lbs.) vs. Fabio Maldonado (203 lbs.)
Erick Silva (169 lbs.) vs. Jon Fitch (170 lbs.)
Phil Davis (206 lbs.) vs. Wagner Prado (204 lbs.)
Demian Maia (170 lbs.) vs. Rick Story (170 lbs.)
Preliminary Card (FX)
Rony Jason (145 lbs.) vs. Sam Sicilia (146 lbs.)
Francisco Trinaldo (154 lbs.) vs. Gleison Tibau (155 lbs.)
Diego Brandao (144 lbs.) vs. Joey Gambino (146 lbs.)
Sergio Moraes (169 lbs.) vs. Renee Forte (169 lbs.)
Preliminary Card (Facebook)
Luiz Cane (184 lbs.) vs. Chris Camozzi (185 lbs.)
Cristiano Marcello (155 lbs.) vs. Reza Madadi (155 lbs.)
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.
Jon Fitch doesn’t plan on leaving the UFC’s welterweight division anytime soon.
Fitch will look for his first win since 2010 when he takes on Erick Silva Saturday night at UFC 153.
Since winning five in a row, Fitch (23-4-1) has fought BJ Penn to a draw and been on the wrong end of a stunning knockout loss to Johny Hendricks.
“He’s got some hype on him, but I will shut him down like I shut everyone down,” Fitch said. “He’s fast and explosive, and I know I can’t have a slow first round against someone like him.”
Fitch has earned wins over the likes of Thiago Alves, Paulo Thiago and Diego Sanchez during his career. He might feel passed over by the new wave of welterweight contenders, but a win over Silva can boost his stock right back near the top.
“I know he has a bright future, but it is not his time yet,” Fitch said. “I will beat him up like I did all the rest.”
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Rising welterweight star Erick Silva credits his success to having a well-rounded attack and unpredictable approach inside the Octagon.
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The UFC is making the most of its next trip to Brazil, adding a welterweight showdown between Jon Fitch and Aaron Simpson.
UFC 153 currently boasts a title match between UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo and contender Erik Koch, along with bouts between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Glover Teixeria, and Alan Belcher and Vitor Belfort.
Fitch (23-4-1) is coming off a loss to Johny Hendricks via KO and a knee injury that knocked him out of a planned encounter with Aaron Simpson.
Silva (14-2) will be competing in his native country. He has gone 2-1 in his UFC career, including a recent victory over Charlie Brenneman.
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Mike Pyle racked up a cool $66,000 for his recent victory over Josh Neer at UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall.
Pyle, in figures released to BloodyElbow.com by the Florida State Boxing Commission, top the charts in terms of released numbers. He was awarded a $33,000 win bonus for his knockout over Neer.
Demetrious Johnson earned $40,000 by defeating Ian McCall in the main event to advance to the finals of the UFC flyweight tournament.
UFC ON FX: JOHNSON VS. MCCALL FIGHTER SALARIES
Demetrious Johnson: $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
Ian McCall: $9,000
Erick Silva: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Charlie Brenneman: $18,000
Mike Pyle: $66,000 ($33,000 to show, $33,000 to win)
Josh Neer: $14,000
Eddie Wineland: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win bonus)
Scott Jorgensen: $20,500
Mike Pierce: $40,000 ($20,000 to show, $20,000 to win)
Carlos Eduardo Rocha: $8,000
Seth Baczynski: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Lance Benoist: $8,000
Matt Grice: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Leonard Garcia: $20,000
Dustin Pague: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Jared Papazian: $6,000
Tim Means: $16,000 ($8,000 to show, $8,000 to win)
Justin Salas: $8,000
Buddy Roberts: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Caio Magalhaes: $8,000
Henry Martinez: $12,000 ($6,000 to show, $6,000 to win)
Bernardo Magalhaes: $6,000
Sean Pierson: $20,000 ($10,000 to show, $10,000 to win)
Jake Hecht: $8,000
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