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.
Sources close to the situation confirmed the tussle with MMAWeekly.com late Sunday evening.
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, he also suffered a broken hand that needed to be surgically repaired and 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 slated to jump off on August 8th at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. If things continue to go as planned, UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn will be headlining the card as he faces 155-pound top contender Kenny Florian. Penn hasn’t defended his title since May 2008.