The UFC 153 bout between welterweights Jon Fitch–Erick 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.”
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