Great news for Brazilian Erick Silva fans, he will join International Fight League champion Jay Hieron as they fight each other at the upcoming UFC 156. This news was from UFC promotion officials and was announced Wednesday.
The Silva versus Hieron fight will also be joined by a featherweight attraction lead by reigning champion Jose Aldo versus former lightweight fighter Frankie Edgar. UFC 156 is scheduled to take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas in February 2, 2013. This event will also feature a fight between ex-Strikeforce heavyweight fighter Alistair Overeem and one time EliteXC titleholder Antonio Silva.
Erick “Indio” Silva is a 28 year old welterweight from Vila Velha, Espirito Santo, Brazil. He holds 14 wins, 3 losses and 1 no contest in his professional MMA career. Although his latest fight was a loss against Jon Fitch at UFC 153 – Silva versus Bonnar via unanimous decision, he has defeated so many impressive fighters like Charlie Brenneman, Luis Ramos, Francisco Ayon, Gil de Freitas, Jose de Ribamar Machado Gomes and Jorge Luis Bezerra to name a few. With just one no contest fight against Henrique Gomes Oliveira in the way, Silva was supposed to have a 9 consecutive winning streak to his name starting from the time he beat Fabio Issa at Open Fight in August 2007. He will square off with Jay Hieron who is 8 years older than him on Super Bowl Weekend.
Jay “The Thoroughbred” Hieron is from Long Island, New York. He is a welterweight with 23 wins and 6 losses in his professional MMA career. His last fight was a loss to Jake Ellenberger in UFC on FX – Browne versus Bigfoot in October 2012 via unanimous decision but before that he was able to beat Romario Manoel da Silva in Legacy Fighting Championship 12 in July 2012 via technical submission. Hieron is one of the most superb fighters impressing fans with 10 consecutive winning streaks from the World Grand Prix Semi-finals with Donnie Liles in November 2007 to beating Rick Hawn in Bellator Fighting Championship 12 in October 2011. This fight against Indio will surely be a crowd-drawer since fans all over the world are expecting an impressive fight come Super Bowl Weekend. The Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas is truly a fitting venue for a much-awaited fight like this.