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Jon Fitch expects experience to be the difference in UFC 153 fight with Erick Silva

The UFC 153 bout between welterweights Jon FitchErick Silva marks a classic clash between the old school and new. In the match-up, the 34-year old Fitch will do his best to prove he’s still a dominant force in the division after a seven-year run in the organization, while Silva is out to show that there’s a changing of the guard going on at 170 pounds.

In Fitch’s opinion, that difference in experience will ultimately prove to be the deciding factor in their main card meeting.

“He is very explosive, very fast, but he has not been tested. He has not fought for many rounds with experienced opponents, so I think this is one aspect in which I’ll test it. I’ll show him what experience can give the fighter,” explained Fitch in an interview with TATAME.

Fitch is 23-4-1 in his career including a number of significant wins inside the Octagon and the honor of being named champion Georges St-Pierre’s toughest opponent to date by GSP himself. Comparably, Silva will only be making his third appearance under the UFC banner and is seeking the first major victory of his career in Saturday night’s scrap. Despite the obvious difference, Fitch understands why many people still see him as an underdog in the affair even if his record should dictate otherwise.

“You have good finishes there and jump to the top automatically. It’s part of the sport. I will not say he’s overrated, but it happens in sports,” said Fitch on the subject, adding, “If you end people in the first round, (people) will expect a lot from you.”


  • fanoftna33 says:

    I expect this to go the distance with Fitch winning a ugly fight, Silva is a great talent but after just 2 wins to jump to the level of Fitch is a huge leap. Fitch has a incredible chin, does not get submitted, and has endurance for days and that is a tough task for a relative newcomer.

  • Richard Stabone says:

    Definitely a step up in competition for Silva but I’m picking him to win. In the past 2 years Fitch has fought Penn to a draw & been flattened by Hendricks…and that’s it. Add in age & injuries and I think Fitch is on the downward slope of his career, while Silva is a more dynamic fighter and in his prime.

  • fanoftna33 says:

    Cant argue with your reasoning at all here Richard, but to me this isnt about the numbers as Fitch has shown over his career that he is as tough as they come, only been KOED twice, once at 205 and recently, and only submitted once and that was his first pro fight. The draw with BJ showed yet again how tough he is, I dont think Silva has faced anybody like this and win or lose it should help him to get to that next level ( but I still say he loses).


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