The co-main event of the UFC on FX 3: "Johnson vs. McCall" event in Sunrise, Florida, tonight (Fri., June 8, 2012) featured rising welterweight star Erick Silva taking on tough-as-nails wrestler Charlie Brenneman.
Silva exploded on the scene with two huge knockouts in his first two scraps inside the Octagon, though one of which was ruled a disqualification. He was hoping to erase the memory of that by besting Brenneman, a veteran looking to establish a winning streak of his own.
I think we may have a new contender in the welterweight division.
That's because Silva once again impressed with a first round finish, this time a rear-naked choke submission. He even fended off the high pace and relentless pressure Brenneman came at him with, showing he can deal with a strong wrestler.
Time for the Brazilian to leap up that ladder.
Brenneman came out fast and furious, hoping to land a quick takedown. Silva was all over it, though, unleashing a big knee that had his foe dropping to the mat and seeing stars. He recovered quick and got out of there but the message was sent.
Despite this, Brenneman continued working hard and pushing the pace. He was relentless, pressing forward with a wild attack that Silva was suddenly having trouble keeping up with.
A stalemate along the fence led to a referee forced reset. This gave Silva the chance to get off with his power but Brenneman's game plan was clear -- pressure, pressure, and more pressure.
Ultimately, it didn't matter, as Silva's will to win was simply too strong. So was his jiu-jitsu. Once he took Brenneman's back, there was no doubt of the outcome.