There is little doubt about the talent that Erick Silva possesses.
The 28-year-old welterweight has lightning quick hands, a slick ground game, and an improved takedown defense in his toolbox. He certainly displayed the latter two on Saturday by making quick work of Jason High, who by no means is a pushover, with a triangle armbar in the first round.
He has got to be one of the most talented 3-2 fights on the UFC roster. So what do you do with him?
John Hathaway: These two were originally slated to fight at the UFC on Fuel 10 card before Hathaway was forced to withdraw from the contest due to Ulcerative Colitis, which from a quick internet search sounds highly unpleasant. The problem with this idea, however, is that it currently seems unknown when Hathaway will be able to compete again and if you're Silva, staying active makes too much sense to wait.
Nate Marquardt: Marquardt is on the verge of getting lost in the welterweight rankings. He is coming off a couple one-sided losses and needs to get in the win column again against somebody with buzz. Silva needs to beat a recognizable name to cement contender status. Am I crazy or does this fight make too much sense? The last time the UFC put Silva against an accomplished wrestler in Jon Fitch, they got a Fight of the Night. Here's to wishing I had Joe Silva's job.
Another up-and-coming fighter: Mike Pyle is riding a four fight win streak, Jordan Mein could make for an exciting bout, or there's the dream of Erick Silva vs. Gunnar Nelson, which may be unlikely because the UFC wouldn't want to ruin their chances of having two young, popular contenders in a division long-ruled by one man.
Please share your thoughts on what you would like next for Erick Silva.