Originally Posted by Ari
I'm a fan of Erick Silva, but what's with his hype? He knocks out two scrubs and submits Brenneman, who was winning the fight up until being submitted? Brenneman took Silva down on multiple occasions. Fitch is a different animal than Brenneman, who has only lost to GSP and by flash KO to Johny Hendricks. There is no empirical evidence to suggest that Erick Silva is going to beat Fitch.
Silva is a big athletic WW with solid TDD.
Fitch is good at dragging guys to the ground and keeping them there. But his TDs aren't explosive. He is actually a lot like Brenneman but is capable of throwing a couple kicks.
Silva will stuff TDs and rough Fitch up on the feet.
Plus it is in Brazil.
Silva wins that fight. All fighters start somewhere, just because he hasn't fought the elite yet doesn't mean he can't beat them. All the greats were there at one point too. Silva is going to wreck Fitch. UFC knows this. They don't want Fitch around the top 5 anymore. They are setting him up to get destroyed. They know what they are doing.