Do you remember the early days of Georges St. Pierre’s career in the UFC? How the French-Canadian was praised as the future of the division, and was given a title shot in only his third fight inside the Octagon?
Quite often we get to witness stars on the rise in MMA, and most of those times, you can pinpoint who those stars will be right from the start. Today, that might be just the case with the new Brazilian sensation, Erick “Indio” Silva.
A Judo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt, Silva is also proficient in Muay Thai and has been a training partner for some of the biggest names in the business, including the top pound-for-pound best fighter in the world today, Anderson Silva.
With a career span of almost seven years, “Indio” has amassed a 14-2-1 record, with eight submissions and three knock outs under his belt. His most recent loss came by way of disqualification due to strikes to the back of the head of Carlo Prater at UFC 142.
Silva carries with him an air of greatness comparable to that of Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida in their early days. “Indio” has looked nothing short from impressive in all his UFC fights, and has definitely a very marketable image. Some think of him as another Roger Huerta, back when Huerta was a promising star.
This past weekend, at UFC on FX 3: Johnson Vs. McCall, Silva disposed of a very gamed Charlie “The Spaniard” Brenneman, who took the fight to Silva from the first second. Brenneman managed to take Silva to the ground with relentless wrestling but something was evident—Silva’s power was proving to be a tough task for “The Spaniard.”
Silva proceeded to take Brenneman’s back, flatten him out with ease, and sink a rear naked choke that saw Brenneman tap before the first round ended. Right then many fans claimed; this kid is the next Brazilian sensation and probably the future of the UFC welterweight division.
I don’t think there’s ever been a time when things looked rougher for GSP inside the division; his recovery from injury, an interim champion in the figure of a Carlos Condit waiting in the wings, contenders like Martin Kampmann and Johny Hendricks lurking, and now Erick Silva. No, don’t think I’m leaving Rory McDonald out, I’m just buying into their “we won’t ever fight because we are friends” motto, for now.
Like Dana White said at the UFC 145 press conference, “I guarantee you, if Rory [MCDonald] looks at GSP’s bank account he’ll want to be the [expletive] out of him.” But that my friends, is another story.
As for Erick “Indio” Silva, expect great things from this young buck who is definitely a UFC star on the rise. What do you think? Will “Indio” Silva be a force to reckon with inside the UFC welterweight division? Who do you think he should fight next?
Originally posted at The MMA Truth.