It will be the battle of recent losers at UFC 101, well not necessarily losers. Forrest Griffin will face Thiago Silva, as both strikers look to bounce back from devastating losses and get their UFC careers back on track.
MMAjunkie.com confirmed with sources close to both fighters that verbal commitments have been made and bout agreements should be signed within the coming days.
Griffin rang in the New Year by getting TKO’d by Rashad Evans in his first-ever light heavyweight title defense at UFC 92 this past December.
Not only did “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner lose his strap that night, be he also suffered a broken hand which will keep him on medical suspension through June 27th. However, there have been no complications in the healing process which would prevent the free-style fighter from brawling on August 8th.
Silva’s unbeaten streak was brought to a screeching halt after he was put to sleep in the 1stRound by Lyoto Machida at UFC 94 earlier this year.
The number 13 proved to be unlucky for the Brazilian sensation, as he was unable to extend his perfect MMA record to 14-0.
UFC 101 is Rumored to be headlined by a heavyweight battle between UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture and former interim champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. If negotiations continue to go as planned, it will mark the UFC’s first promotion in Portland, Oregon.