Round 1: Fitch opens with a couple leg kicks. But as Silva fires off a kick, Fitch catches it and takes him to the mat, taking Silva’s back. Silva stands, but Fitch still has control from his back and is hammering right hands home to Silva’s head. Fitch grapevines Silva’s left leg and puts on a standing arm triangle, but Silva escapes just past the midway point. Silva lands a front kick to the face and follows with an overhand right that rocks Fitch. Silva backs off, but Fitch chases him down and they clinch on the fence. As they break, Fitch lands a hard uppercut that rocks Silva. Fitch lands a combo and they clinch in the center of the ring, Fitch landing a couple knees before dropping down and taking Silva to the mat again. Silva regains his feet quickly, but Fitch tosses him back down. They’re back up, Fitch bodylocking Silva on the fence, kneeing him. He drags Silva to the mat and takes his back, pepping him with punches until the horn. MMAWeekly.com scores round one 10-9 for Fitch.
Round 2: Silva comes out firing mixing some spinning kicks, but Fitch answers with a hard uppercut. Silva, however, sweeps Fitch’s leg, dropping him to the mat. He follows Fitch down, but Fitch reverses. Silva escapes to his feet, but then drops down to Fitch’s back, rocking him with punches and hammerfists before applying a gut wrench. Fitch breaks the grip and they start exchanging again on the feet. Fitch lands a straight right hand followed by a knee to the face, then he presses Silva to the fence, kneeing his legs. Fitch tries to throw Silva, but loses his grip and Silva takes Fitch’s back, sinking the hooks. He applies a rear naked choke and falls to his own back, maintaining the hold. It’s deep, but Fitch defends and breaks the choke. Fitch reverses and stands in Silva’s guard, dropping punches. Fitch drops down and takes Silva’s back, gives up the choke and goes for an armbar, but Silva defends to the horn. MMAWeekly.com scores round two 10-9 for Fitch.
Round 3: Fitch lands a right hand then clinches and takes Silva to the mat. Silva is on all fours, Fitch at his side pounding away with right hands to the face. He takes Silva’s back and keeps punching, relentless. Silva turns to escape, Fitch goes for an arm, but loses it. Silva sinks an arm-in guillotine choke, but Fitch gives the thumbs up, saying he’s ok. He’s slips out in Silva’s guard and drops some big punches and elbows. Silva turns to all-fours again, but Fitch takes his back, continuously punching, punching, punching Silva’s face. Silva gets free enough to regain his feet, but Fitch tosses him right back to the mat, takes his back, flattening Silva out and pounding his with punches and elbows. Silva turns to his back, Fitch in full mount just continuing to drop punch after punch to the face of Silva and then unloads elbows, mixing it up, unrelenting. Silva slips out just before the horn, but ate an untold number of punches before the final horn. MMAWeekly.com scores round three 10-8 and the fight 30-26 for Fitch.
Jon Fitch def. Erick Silva by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), R3