Part of evolving as a fighter in the sport of mixed martial arts is identifying your own strengths and weaknesses, and realizing when things need to be changed up. Welterweight Erick Silva, who dropped to 14–3, 1nc when he lost to Jon Fitch at UFC 153 by Unanimous Decision, identified a huge weakness. It turns out Silva cut seven kilos (about 15 pounds) in one day in order to hit the required mark for the fight. Fighters routinely spend all week reducing their weight, and on the last day, they make a final push to to lose a small amount. That’s not how it went for Silva, and he has decided that will never happen again.
Silva told Fighters Only:
I won’t permit it to happen again. I will be attentive to the weight, I will work it well. I won’t have much on me by the end of the year. In the last fight, I thought that it would be better to get heavier in the final stages of training but afterwards I realized that it ended up making me more slow and tired. Now this is going to be a whole new ball game.
Is Silva making an unneeded excuse for the loss to Fitch? Or is Silva just maturing as a fighter?
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