UFC 153 Results: Jon Fitch Overwhelmes Erick Silva For Decision Victory

October 13, 2012
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Jon FitchIn a fight of the night worthy performance, Jon Fitch (27-4-1, 1 NC) overwhelmed talented Brazilian prospect Erick Silva (14-3, 1 NC) in their welterweight clash at UFC 153 from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

All three judges scored the fight, (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) to Fitch.

After a feeling out process, Silva landed a stinging knee to the body of Fitch, who earned the takedown and worked to take the back of Silva. Fitch locked in his hooks and softened Silva with good, powerful punches before driving Silva back to the mat.

Silva broke free and tagged Fitch with an overhand right before catching his foe against the cage. Silva was caught with an elbow on the break, with Fitch again taking the Brazilian to the mat. Fitch controlled the fight on the mat to the bell.

Fitch caught Silva with an uppercut to open the second round, but Silva swept Fitch to the mat, taking the top position before Silva unloaded with hammerfists from the ground.

Fitch was able to break free, but Silva took the American to the mat before locking in a choke attempt from his back, but Fitch’s sensational submission defense shone through. He was able to take Silva’s back, but was unable to finish off an armbar in the final seconds.

With the fight in the balance, Fitch again took Silva to the ground, pounding the 28-year-old Brazilian. After looking for Silva’s arm, the Brazilian escaped, but Fitch maintained the top position landing more ground and pound.

Fitch flattened out Silva and unloaded with an attack of ground strikes with the Brazilian forced to cover up.

“My family needed this win and I needed this win; I did what I had to,” Fitch said. “I knew I was safe (when Silva had the choke), he was wasting energy underneath me.

“I just can’t wait to get back home and see my family.”

The loss was Silva’s first official UFC loss after two victories and a disqualification loss in his first three fights, while Fitch notched up his first win since August of 2010.

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  • Darin

    WOW! Fitch actually got me excited. Congrats to this guy for an awesome fight.

    • shakejunt

      he definitely gained some respect tonight. didn’t get the finish, but was looking for it the entire fight. good for him, hope to see more of this side of fitch.

  • daguilara601@gmail.com

    Glad to see Fitch beat a young lion and keep his job.

  • lowlb

    This fight ripped! Fitch is a beast. He got hit a few times and seemed to not be effected at all. Fitch gets a lot of sh%T which I don’t understand. The guy wins. Not only can he take a punch but he perseveres through bad situations and then wins. Silva is a force to watch though, he’ll be dominating soon.

  • Adriana

    Who was that guy in the cage with Silva? Very impressive!

  • VernonDozier

    Great showing for Fitch, he never stopped going for the finish.

  • KBEsq

    I criticize Fitch a lot for being boring (and I stand by that criticism), but this fight made me eat my words. He overwhelmed and just dominated an awesome up and coming fighter, and he made the fight interesting, but did so by using his own strengths.

    I hope he keeps this up. Awesome fight.