Erick Silva counted on a win over Jon Fitch at UFC 153: ‘Silva v Bonnar’ to advance his case for a run at a welterweight title but the X-Gym prospect went down during his first big challenge in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Erick was overwhelmed in Round 1 by the American fighter's wrestling but bounced back in the following period and tried to finish the bout. And it was about to happen when he caught Fitch with a rear-naked choke. Only a few athletes are able to escape such a tight hold but Fitch was one of them.
The final round began with a takedown by Jon Fitch, who controlled the Brazilian for the last five minutes and almost ended the bout with an armbar. But, proving that fights are only an interlude to sportsmanship, Silva posted the following pictures shortly afterwards: