by Adam Martin
A battle between two of the welterweight division’s best fighters will go down this fall.
According to Ivan Raupp of Brazilian media outlet Globo, Erick Silva will return to the Octagon in October to take on Dong Hyun Kim in a pivotal matchup between top 15 welterweights. The bout will take place somewhere in Brazil on Oct. 9 on what will likely end up being a UFC Fight Night card.
Silva (15-3, 1 NC) recently scored a “Submission of the Night” victory over Jason High at UFC on FUEL TV 10 to improve his record in the Octagon to 3-2. But that record will should be 4-1 if not for a controversial disqualification loss to Carlo Prater at UFC 142. Still, Silva has bounced back from that defeat in triumphant fashion from that DQ as he’s won two of three since with two “Submission of the Night” and one “Fight of the Night” awards during that timespan and the only loss coming to Jon Fitch. The 29-year old Brazilian is one of the most exciting fighters at 170 pounds in the UFC and if he can get past a tough opponent in the form of Kim, look for the UFC to really start to push him closer to a title shot.
Kim (17-2, 1 NC) is one of the most underrated welterweights in the UFC as he’s captured an impressive 8-2, 1 NC record while fighting in the Octagon, yet he’s not someone who gets talked about that often when it comes to the title picture. But with a win over Silva on the Brazilian’s home turf, the 31-year old Kim will no doubt skyrocket up the rankings. Look for Kim to be very motivated to build on his two-fight win streak, which includes impressive grappling displays against Siyar Bahadurzada and Paulo Thiago, and get back to where he was before he lost via injury TKO to Demian Maia at UFC 148.
Look for the winner of this matchup between Silva and Kim to move into the top 10 of the UFC welterweight division and be only one or two wins away from a shot at the belt after that, and that alone promises that this fight will deliver.
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