Erick Silva took part in the lead runner for fight of the year at UFC Fight Night 40, making the main event an absolute thriller for his part, but inevitably coming up short. Suffering one of the more brutal TKO’s that we have seen in the promotion’s history, ‘Indio’ became victim number seven on Brown’s hot streak, and once again finds himself at a crossroads in his UFC career.
Currently 4-4 since signing with the organization back in 2011, Silva is yet to put together two wins on the bounce for the UFC. For less exciting fighters, this would likely mean their walking papers being served. I expect Silva to be back soon, and he took to his twitter account to re-affirm that opinion. Bloodyelbow.com translated the tweet to English:
“At first, I would like to thank the people that supported me and stopped by to watch the fight, I know that I let them down. I have no excuses, I know that I'm behind these tough guys but I will always accept fighting regardless of the opponent or my possible win or loss. I know that many will criticize but I'll not give up and I'll be back soon. Thank you all.”
In my opinion, Silva came closer than anyone to finishing Brown, and he does not need to apologize for his performance on Saturday. He showed a lot of guts to withstand the beating that ‘The Immortal’ put on him, and he still has a long way to go in his fighting career. Having won five fight night bonuses in eight appearances, it goes without saying that he is one of the more exciting fighters on the UFC roster.
So what’s next for Silva? Obviously he will take a step back in his hunt for a title shot, but perhaps that is what needs to happen right now for ‘Indio’. He is still young and learning, and give the chance he will get better. I hope he learned a lot from the fight against Brown, as there are a lot tougher challenges within the top five of the stacked welterweight division.
Maybe a match up with Mike Pyle, who is currently the number 10 in the division, would make sense for Silva. They share a common opponent in Brown as Pyle got KTFO by ‘The Immortal’ last August, and it could serve as a good test for ‘Indio’. Who knows what the future will bring for the Brazilian wunderkind, but I’m sure he’ll be fine if he brings the mentality he had at Fight Night 40.