Round 1 - Referee Marc Goddard oversees this welterweight matchup. Silva stays away to open with his hands low. Fitch scores with an early low kick as Silva teases kicks with his hips. Fitch drives in on a leg and moves to the back when Silva scrambles. Silva gets to his feet, but Fitch stays tight and repeatedly drives him to the floor. One hook is in, and Fitch thinks choke. It's not there as the pair stands, but Fitch is in control from the back and lands several short right hands. Fitch drives him again to the floor as Silva chants break out Silva stands and is warned for grabbing the fence, but he pulls away ad resets. Front kick for Silva.He misses a jumping kicks and lands a big right hands. Fitch looks for another takedown, but Silva is able to stay upright and scamper away. Silva with a spinning kick to the body. Punches and knees traded in a Thai clinch. Fitch pushes in again and scores a takedown. Silva stands quickly, but Fitch stays very tight to the body. Crowd boos and wants to see Silva have some space, but Fitch brings him down again before the bell. Round ends, and it's Fitch to start, 10-9.
Round 2 - Silva a bi more aggressive to open, and he avoids an early takedown from Fitch. Silva striking with authority, and he sweeps Fitch to the floor. He nearly locks in a crucifix and then defends a sweep from Fitch. Silva lands several punches on the floor before they return to the feet, and he backs away. Momentum has shifted for Silva. Fitch does work into a clinch against the cage. He drops for a takedown, and Silva sprawls agains the fence. Goddard calls for work. Crowd boos as Fitch turns for a hip toss bit ends up exposing his back. Fight hits the deck, and Silva has the rear-naked choke. Silva falls to his back to defend. Fitch trying hard to pull down the arms. Crowd in a frenzy, but Silva releases the hold. One minute left, and Silva is still on the back, Fitch tries to turn into his opponent and finally does so. He punches away from top position and actually winds up on the back in another scramble. Not much time left, but Fitch rolls out for an armbar. It's not quite right, and the bell sounds. Crowd applauds the effort. MMAjunkie.com sees the second for Silva, 10-9. Great fight through 10 minutes.
Round 3 - Silva was very slow to go to his stool between rounds. Fitch opens the third quickly and gets the fight to the floor and is immediately on the back. Fitch looking for a potential choke as Silva tries to get up. He tries for it and then switches to an arm. Silva survives pops out and locks in a guillotine choke as he falls to the canvas. Incredible reversal, but it's not there, and Fitch pops up and goes to work from the top. Fitch takes a look at the clock as he grinds away. Silva works to a seated position. Fitch can't fins a choke, but he stays tight when Silva stands and scores another takedown. Silva look spent. Fitch gets hooks in and pounds away. Silva turns in and is now mounted. Fitch punches away from mount. Final minute. Silva covering well, and the crowd is behind him. It's not enough. Fitch just keeps punching away. Goddard tells Silva to get out of the position, but's got nothing n the tank. Silva gets his feet on the fence and is able to free himself, but Fitch grabs the neck at the bell. Great fight. MMAjunkie.com sees the final round for Fitch, 10-9, and gives him the fight 29-28. Jon Fitch def. Erick Silva via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).