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UFC welterweight contender Erick Silva is not in a hurry to challenge for the divisional title, and says he would be happy to fight 20 more times before competing for a world championship.

While other may be trying to rush him there, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Erick Silva is in no hurry to reach to the top of his division following a first-round submission of Jason High at UFC on FUEL TV 10.

Silva’s time to make a run towards the top of his weight class is inevitably coming, and when it does, the 28-year-old wants to be fully prepared for it. Even if it means taking another 20 fights to get the experience he feels is necessary.

“I think it’s still too soon [for a title shot],” Silva said through an interpreter at the UFC on FUEL TV 10 post-fight press conference (watch it here). “I’m not very worried about the title bout right now, to be honest I’m not at all worried about that.

“If I could do 20 fights until the belt, I’d do 20 fights until the belt because when I go for the belt I want to have a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge because definitely when I go for the title I want to have it on my waist.”

With a 3-2 record inside the Octagon, the Brazilian still has a lot to do before challenging the very elite of the division, let alone reigning 170-pound champion Georges St. Pierre.

Silva knows that, though, and while others may be eager to push him quickly, “Indio” is solely focused on taking it one fight at a time.

“The only thing I want to do is to do my work, as I mentioned I only focus on my next fight.”

The Team Nogueira trained fighter will happily fight 20 more times before challenging for a UFC title, but if he continues to impressively finish opponents in the first round like he did to High on Saturday (June 8, 2013) night, it won’t take nearly that long.


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