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Erick Silva won’t leave X-Gym, but plans on training at Jackson’s MMA in 2015

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Coming off a third-round TKO loss to Matt Brown in one of the best fights of 2014, Brazilian welterweight Erick Silva wants to end 2014 on a high note.

Scheduled to meet former RFA welterweight champion Mike Rhodes at UFC Fight Night 58 on Dec. 20 in Barueri, Brazil, Silva was forced to change his plans of training at Jackson’s MMA. A training partner of the likes of Anderson Silva and Ronaldo Souza at X-Gym, the welterweight was hoping to train at Greg Jackson’s team this year, but since the UFC offered him a fight in December, he won’t be able to train in Albuquerque until early 2015.

"I was hoping that my next fight would be next year, but since it’s already close, I plan on going there after my fight, with no training camp, to evaluate my performance," Silva told MMAFighting.com. "I plan on spending some time there, but I’ll continue training at X-Gym."

Following his loss to Brown in May, Silva underwent surgery in Brazil, and expects to perform better after going under the knife.

"I had surgery for deviated septum," he said. "Recovery was great, I think it helped me breathe. I feel I trained better now, but we have such a great team, that works so hard, that it will also make the difference in my next fight."

Rhodes is 0-2 under the UFC banner with losses to Robert Whittaker and George Sullivan, but he won’t be underestimated by the Brazilian.

"He’s a good athlete that is looking for his goals in the UFC," Silva said. "I believe every fighter is well-rounded, everybody trains everything today. I know he’s a striker, but I’m prepared to fight everywhere the fight goes.

"I don’t care about names and rankings. I try to do my work, and that comes with my fights."

Silva, who bounced between wins and losses since signing with the UFC in 2011, hopes to finally start a winning streak inside the Octagon.

"It always sucks to come from a loss, but my goal is to evolve, fix my mistakes and come back stronger,’ Silva said. "I’m already thinking ahead, trying to do my best and start a winning streak."