Erick Silva draws returning Nate Loughran at UFC’s Feb Fight Night event
Erick Silva, once a prized welterweight prospect, will take a
step down from top competition when he faces Nate Loughran at the
UFC Fight Night event in Jaragua do Sul, Brazil on Feb. 15,
The matchup was first reported by Brazil’s Combate.
Silva will be attempting to rebound after suffering his
first-ever finish loss, a knockout at the hands of Dong Hyun Kim in
October. The second-round finish was a KO of the Night Award winner
for Kim, coming on a crushing overhand left. Couple that with a
decision loss to Jon Fitch in Oct. 2012, and Silva has dropped two
of his last three bouts.
While Fitch was in the top 10 when they met and Kim was on the
outer periphery, Loughran is a significant change, making his
return from the UFC after a hiatus of over five years in the
In fact, Loughran put fighting aside completely for nearly four
years until returning in March 2012. He’s gone 2-0 since that
comeback, and is 11-1 in his career, with eight submissions.
His last UFC appearance came at the inaugural UFC Fight for the
Troops event in 2008, when he went two rounds with Tim Credeur but
was unable to answer the bell for the third due to a rib
The UFC Fight Night event takes place at Arena Jaragua, and will
be headlined by a middleweight fight between contenders Lyoto
Machida and Gegard Mousasi.