June 8, 2012; Sunrise, FL, USA; Erick SIlva (left) is declared the winner over Charlie Brenneman after their UFC bout at BankAtlantic Center. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Who's Next For Erick Silva?

Erick Silva dismantled Charlie Brenneman at UFC on FX Friday in the co-main event. He avoided the takedowns and managed to work the stand up before taking Brenneman’s back and securing the choke.

Brenneman has been getting a lot of hype since defeating Rick Story and while some is warranted he isn’t an elite level welterweight. He has outstanding wrestling, but when Brenneman can’t get a fighter down to the ground he’s a fish out of water.

This was a great win for Silva, but he still has a few fights before he can earn a title shot. His road is a bit easier because of the roadblock at welterweight and Koscheck basically being a gatekeeper.

Matches to Make:

Josh Koscheck:

Josh Koscheck would be a great fight for Silva. He basically has the same wrestling pedigree as Brenneman, but better stand up. Koscheck would be able to work a takedown and has shown the chin to stand up with some of the best. Silva would be the more explosive fighter, but would have to avoid the takedowns of Koscheck to earn the nod.

Rory MacDonald:

This is the most unrealistic fight for Silva. MacDonald is on the same fast track to the title as Silva and this isn’t a fight the UFC would want to make. Both fighters have the ability to be welterweight champion and the UFC wouldn’t want to derail that by scheduling these two before a title shot. They may need to because of match ups like the UFC had to when they matched Jones and Bader.

Mike Pyle:

This is one of those fights that work because they are both on the same level in the division. In my opinion Silva would destroy Pyle, but there’s the whole thing of Pyle being the veteran that makes this match up intriguing. A fight between these two would show how polished Silva really is, but may only be made out of necessity.

The most intriguing fight is obviously against Josh Koscheck. He has become a gatekeeper as of late and seems to be the bridge from pretender to contender. This is a fight that could definitely be made, but it depends on whether Koscheck accepts the fight. He normally wants a big name fight and this may not be exciting to him. It is the best match for Silva though and one that should be made.

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