Another bout has been added to the UFC 134: Rio card. However, it's not the sort of fight featuring marquee talent or a hotly-contested rivalry. Instead, it features a promising Brazilian prospect against a sure-fire challenge. Sherdog has the news:
Brazilian welterweight prospect Erick Silva has signed with the UFC and will make his promotional debut against Mike Swick at UFC 134.
The reigning Jungle Fight welterweight champion, Silva has stayed unbeaten as a professional in his six-year career, notching a 11-0 record with one no contest. The X-Gym representative captured the welterweight strap in October by submitting Francisco Ayon in the championship tournament final with an arm-triangle choke at Jungle Fight 23.
A product of the vaunted American Kickboxing Academy, Swick is a first-season veteran of "The Ultimate Fighter." Swick joined the UFC in 2005 as a middleweight and made the cut to 170 pounds in 2008. Since dropping to welterweight, "Quick" has posted a 4-2 record inside the Octagon, though he currently rides a two-fight skid.
As Sherdog Jordan Breen noted on Twitter, this is an exciting test of a talented prospect in addition to being a measuring stick for Swick coming off of injuries and consecutive losses.