Rising welterweight Erick Silva will once again compete in his native Brazil, taking on Dong Hyun Kim at UFC Fight Night 29.
Combate.com first reported on the proposed matchup, and MMAFighting.com confirmed the news via Silva’s coach, Josuel Distak of X-Gym. Kim has achieved a 17-2-1 record over the course of his career, and his most recent 2012 loss against Demian Maia resulted from a fluke injury sustained in the first round. His only other loss came at the hands of former title contender Carlos Condit. He has fantastic takedown skills due to his background in judo, and most recently put on a dominant performance in a win against Siyar Bahadurzada.
The match gives Silva the opportunity to avenge his teammate, Paulo Thiago, who lost via a unanimous decision to Kim in November of last year. Silva has shown flashes of brilliance in his young UFC career, earning stoppage victories over Luis Ramos, Charlie Brenneman, and Jason High, and putting on a “fight of the night” performance in a losing effort against Jon Fitch. His most recent fight against High garnered “submission of the night” honors, as he tapped his opponent with reverse triangle armbar in the first round.
We at SciFighting.com will keep you up to date as more fights are announced for the UFC Fight Night 29 card. The event is scheduled for October 9, 2013, and will air live from Brazil.