Forrest Griffin vs Anderson Silva Signed for UFC 101
Dana White said that he needed to line up a tougher opponent for Anderson Silva and that is what he has done. Former UFC Light-Heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin will fight UFC Middleweight champion at UFC 101.
Silva has come under criticism for his latest five round decision win versus Thales Leites at UFC 97 as well as his three round TKO due to injury victory over Patrick Cote at UFC 90. The UFC hopes that Griffin’s challenge will be produce a more exciting bout for fans at UFC 101.
Forrest Griffin will be coming off a broken hand injury that he suffered in his UFC 92 fight with Rashad Evans. Griffin was rumored to be out for the year with his injury but appears to be healing faster than expected. He was originally rumored to be fighting a different Silva on this card – Thiago Silva, but now that bout has been scrapped.
UFC 101 will be the UFC’s first venture to Philadelphia as the state of Pennsylvania recently sanctioned MMA. The Silva/Griffin fight will be the co-main event on a fantastic card that already features a Kenny Florian versus BJ Penn matchup.
Silva’s manager told Yahoo.com that “It’s a great fight for (Anderson Silva) and he’s anxious and excited about it,” Soares said. “Forrest is a bigger, stronger guy with a lot of cardio and he’s the full package. The other thing Anderson likes about it is that Forrest is a big name with a huge heart and is a fan favorite kind of a guy. That’s the kind of match that makes a legendary kind of a fight and that’s what Anderson wants.”
These are definitely the types of marquee matchups that fans crave. The UFC really listened to fans’ UFC 97 criticisms and stepped up to the plate.