Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight notables Erick Silva and Mike Rhodes battled last night (Dec. 20, 2014) at UFC Fight Night 58 inside Ginasio Jose Correa in Barueri, Brazil.
Despite having many opportunities and huge amounts of hype behind him, Silva entered this bout with a pedestrian record (4-4) inside the Octagon. Once again, "Indio" was looking to return to the win column with another violent finish.
Meanwhile, Rhodes was in serious desperation mode last night. Having lost his first two UFC fights, the writing was on the wall for the young Roufusport-trained fighter.
Unfortunately for Rhodes, Silva returned to his usual form against non-elite fighters.
The Brazilian opened the bout with a combination spinning back kick to spinning back fist. When his opponent pushed forward with some punches, SIlva quickly level changed into a takedown. Rhodes momentarily threatened with a guillotine choke but soon released the hold.
Silva is simply a higher level of grappler than "Biggie," and it showed. About ten seconds after escaping the choke, he had passed directly to side control. From there, he noticed a small opening for an arm triangle choke and dived on it.
Before long, Rhodes was soundly asleep in the middle of the cage.
Once again, Silva has proven what happens when he's matched up with anyone outside of the division's elite. Basically, the Brazilian throws together a bunch of flashy moves and then finishes before the fight exits the first round and looks really impressive doing it.
Still, this says nothing about how he'll do in his next match up against a top fighter. Silva didn't show anything new -- he didn't have time to -- that indicates he will do better in the future. That said, the UFC cannot simply feed middling welterweights to "Indio," so he might as well get another match up against a ranked fighter.
It's not like those fighters are destroying Silva, as he almost always has big moments even in his losses.
For Rhodes, this fight was pretty symbolic of his entire UFC run: too much, too son. Rhodes is a very talented fighter, but there aren't any possible critiques to make since he was utterly dominated. In all honesty, a year or two on the regional scene will be good for Rhodes' development.
Expect him to work his way back into the Octagon before long, hopefully for a more successful run.
At UFC Fight Night 58, Erick Silva obliterated Mike Rhodes in about a minute. Can the Brazilian live up to his potential?
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