After a disappointing showing against Thales Leites at UFC 97, the UFC was quick to make a move to put Anderson Silva in another fight. In a shocking move, the organization will scrap the scheduled Thiago Silva vs. Forrest Griffin bout at UFC 101 in favor of an Anderson Silva/Forrest Griffin brawl.
Anderson once again received much flack after his fight with Leites, however “The Spider” was quick to point out that he can’t do his thing if his opponents refuse to engage, and that is where Griffin comes in.
The free-style fighter has made his career off of slug fests, and this one will be the most explosive of them all. Griffin lost his title to Rashad Evans at UFC 92 in his last Octagon outing, however a win over the Brazilian is sure to shoot him up the totem pole once again.
This will be Anderson’s follow-up performance in the UFC’s 205-pound division. Impressive wouldn’t do his debut justice, as he obliterated James Irvin in the 1stRound of their UFC Fight Night 14 contest last July.
“I just think Anderson wants to be involved with the biggest fights possible and the biggest fights that the UFC can put together. If it’s at 205, 185 or if it’s at some catchweight, it doesn’t make a difference,” Silva’s manager Ed Soares told MMAWeekly.com.
UFC president Dana White confirmed with Yahoo! Sports that both parties have signed bout contracts and they will indeed be headed to Philly, PA.