Former Top Prospect Erick Silva’s UFC Career in Limbo

On Aug. 27, 2011 at UFC 134, fight fans welcomed Erick Silva
to the Octagon. All the pre-fight talk surrounding the then
27-year-old was about his prospects at becoming a future champion.
The Brazilian came into the organization with a 12-1 (1 NC) record,
as well as holding Jungle
welterweight title.

That night on his debut, Silva knocked out Luis Ramos in
40 seconds and had fight fans stand up and take notice. However,
Ultimate Fighting Championship
career never really took off
despite so much promise. Since his debut, he’s alternated between
wins and losses and his record in his last five is 1-4.

Silva has squared off against some big names in his career:
, Matt Brown,
, Dong Hyun
and Neil Magny;
he was unsuccessful against all of them. All of his seven victories
inside the Octagon are by finishes (including five submissions).
There’s no doubt he’s an exciting fighter, however his overall UFC
record stands at 7-8.

It was reported by MMA Fighting that his contract with the UFC has
expired and he is free to negotiate with rival organizations.

Silva’s aggressive and exciting fighting style will ensure he gets
picked up by another promotion, although the chances of him
extending his contract with the UFC are slim given his recent form
and how talent-stacked his weight class is.

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