In the semi main event on Friday night's UFC on FX 3 show, Erick Silva (13-2(1); 1-1 UFC) faces Charlie Brenneman (15-3; 4-2 UFC). This Welterweight fight is the 3rd of 4 main card fights. The USA TODAY / MMA Nation Consensus MMA Rankings currently have Brenneman ranked as the #18 Welterweight in the world, with Silva unranked. The main card airs live on FX Friday night at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
This is a good fight between two men rising up the Welterweight ranks. While both have shown skill in all areas of MMA, this is more of a grappler vs. striker match-up. Brenneman favors the wrestling, while Silva will likely look to keep it standing. I'm glad to see these two get such a high spot on the card, and I expect the winner here will have an even more high profile opponent next time out.
How do these two stack up?
Silva: 27 years old | 5'11" | 73" reach
Brenneman: 31 years old | 5'10" | 70" reach
What have these two done recently?
How did these two get here?
Erick Silva technically comes in off a loss, though he still has a lot of momentum. That loss came as the result of a disqualification for illegal strikes to the back of the head against Carlo Prater at UFC 142. Before that fight, Silva won his UFC debut in impressive fashion with a 40 second KO of Luis Ramos. With only 69 seconds of total Octagon experience between his two fights, Silva has already established himself as an exciting prospect. The Brazilian fighter is a former champion for the Jungle Fight organization, and in fact this will be his first ever pro fight outside of Brazil.
Charlie Brenneman was rather quietly flying under the radar in the UFC during 2010. But last summer, he was called up on very short notice to fight Rick Story when Nate Marquardt was pulled from the fight. Brenneman made the most of that opportunity, defeating Story in an upset. He lost that momentum in his follow-up, a TKO loss to Anthony Johnson, and was back to the undercard for his last fight. Brenneman has a solid wrestling base, but also a good all around game thanks to his work with Mike Constantino.
Why should you care?
This is a fun fight that will move the winner into, not exactly the title picture, but the discussion of the title picture. Should just be a good fight too.
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