Erick Silva gets guillotine choke win at home over Josh Koscheck
Former world title challenger Josh Koscheck stepped up to fight for the second time in three weeks Saturday, against Erick Silva at UFC Fight Night in Rio, but will go home disappointed once more, with his second choke submission loss in less than a month.
On Feb. 28, Koscheck lost to Jake Ellenberger via I-choke.
When Silva needed a new opponent for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night co-main event, the always-game TUF veteran didn’t hesitate to step in as a replacement. The fighter out of Fresno, California, clearly wanted to prove something, as he came out aggressive from the start.
The fight began with Koscheck stalking the Brazilian. Silva shot in for a takedown on the former NCAA Division I national champion wrestler, but got reversed, as Koscheck pressed him against the cage, looking for his own offense. The referee soon stepped in to separate the two and reset them in the center of the cage.
Both men then missed huge overhand right punch attempts. Silva managed to drop Koscheck as he attempted a kick, with a straight left.
From there, Silva worked a front-headlock and then inside the wrestler’s full guard. Koscheck worked a double wrist control position but ate a big right punch from Silva.
Koscheck responded by getting back to his feet and immediately throwing kicks and punches. Another straight left from Silva rocked Koscheck, and then the American found himself backed up against the cage fence.
Koscheck landed an overhand right and a head kick, but soon got backed up against the wall again. Silva hurt Koscheck again, this time with a jab and a cross.
Koscheck shot in for a takedown but got caught in a guillotine choke hold. Silva pulled guard to finish the choke and got the tap.
"I had to prove a lot in this camp, and I had to prove a lot in this fight," Silva said.
The win is the Brazilian’s second straight and improves his record to 18-5. Koscheck’s loss is his fifth straight, going back to 2012, and brings his career mark to 17-10.