UFC 101 Anderson's next fight
- 04-28-2009, 01:57 PM
UFC 101 Anderson's next fight
Forrest Griffin vs. Anderson Silva (not Thiago Silva) targeted for UFC 101 | MMAjunkie.com
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will apparently scrap a UFC 101 bout between former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin (16-5 MMA, 7-3 UFC) and top contender Thiago Silva (13-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) in favor of a Griffin vs. Anderson Silva (24-4 MMA, 9-0 UFC) match-up.
Sources close to the organization today told MMAjunkie.com (UFC blog for UFC news, UFC rumors, fighter interviews and event previews/recaps | MMAjunkie.com) a meeting was held last week to discuss the Anderson Silva vs. Griffin bout and that verbal agreements may now be in place.
Anderson Silva, fresh off a heavily criticized title defense over Thales Leites at UFC 97, will now move up a weight class for the non-title fight with Griffin.
Although not officially announced by the organization, UFC 101 takes place Aug. 8, most likely at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. The event also features a UFC lightweight title fight between title-holder B.J. Penn and top contender Kenny Florian.
Rumors of the potential Anderson Silva vs. Griffin bout began showing up last week after some cryptic emails were sent to a variety of MMA news outlets. The flames were fanned when seemingly unsubstantiated reports of the rumored fight were posted on a few MMA message boards over the weekend.
Although the fight is now close to official (but not signed), a source close to Thiago Silva told MMAjunkie.com the fighter was unaware his fight with Griffin had been scratched. Even as of this morning, the fighter was apparently under the impression he was still scheduled to fight Griffin at UFC 101.
MMAjunkie.com first reported in March that the UFC had lined up the Thiago Silva vs. Griffin fight, which many considered a bout that would determined the light heavyweight division's No. 1 contender after Quinton Jackson. Jackson is scheduled to fight the winner of a UFC 98 bout between current champ Evans and Lyoto Machida later this summer.
The source isn't sure if Thiago Silva will remain on the UFC 101 card with a new opponent or if he'll be shifted to another event.
As for Anderson Silva, UFC officials wasted no time scheduling him for his next fight. He most recently fought on April 18 as a headliner for UFC 97. He entered the fight as a significant favorite, and though he won a lopsided unanimous-decision victory, Anderson Silva was criticized for what seemed a conservative game plan in which he opted not to follow Leites, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, to the ground.
UFC President Dana White called the fight "embarrassing" and "disappointing," and he openly questioned if Anderson Silva needed another challenge at 205 pounds. The fighter, who picked up a UFC record ninth straight victory with the Leites win, moved up to 205 pounds in July 2008 for a non-title fight with James Irvin, and the Brazilian striker has made no secret of his intentions to move up a weight class again in the future.
The UFC has apparently obliged.
- 04-28-2009, 01:59 PM
There is some contention about this because the original source is less than credible.M.Ed. Ex Phys
04-28-2009, 02:00 PM
04-28-2009, 02:02 PM
04-28-2009, 03:18 PM
but for the moment lets just pretend that this article is true. That fight will be awesome. Our wishes of Anderson fighting someone with balls will finally come true.
04-28-2009, 03:25 PM
M.Ed. Ex Phys
04-28-2009, 03:44 PM
04-28-2009, 04:24 PM
glad it turned out to be true. Anderson better bring a good plan, Forrest will be huge (weight wise) come fight time
04-28-2009, 04:26 PM
interesting article too, as he wants to fight Fedor and I wonder who the other 185er is that White is talking about signing
04-28-2009, 04:32 PM
04-28-2009, 05:09 PM
04-28-2009, 05:11 PM
04-28-2009, 06:38 PM
04-28-2009, 07:19 PM
shoot i jsut hate waiting im getting so excited! oh well better go hit some pads.
my only guesses were Lawler, and Vitor.
What happened to FOrrest and Thiago, was it never for sure?
04-28-2009, 07:45 PM
It was talked about but this is much better!
I'd be pretty surprised if Lawler came back. Or was asked back for that matter. Same with Vitor. Granted I have no clue as to why UFC signs fighters then stops bringing them back and then brings them back once more like Uno for instance.
04-28-2009, 09:52 PM
04-28-2009, 10:07 PM
I'm pumped about this fight... This will really be a good test. If Anderson pulls a win on this he'll have then defeated a very recent tittle holder on a heavier division. This will be crucial to show if he's really a great fighter or if it really is due to a thin division.
04-28-2009, 10:41 PM
I like how they've matched Silva up with someone who will bring the fight, Forrest won't quit either, so it should be a good fight to watch.
I wonder how long it will take the UFC to match Silva up for a title shot at 205, if he gets past Forrest.
04-29-2009, 01:24 AM
yea i just saw this on ufc.com
this will be a damn good fight......i personally am tired of silva this silva that.....the leites fight was a huge letdown....all leites wanted to do was lay on his back and try to get silva on the ground and whenever silva had a chance to engage on him he wouldnt.....he's been fighting too conservative lately and way too hyped up....i'd like to see forrest get another W after losin his belt and we all know the more shots he takes the more he fights(the rampage fight for the title)
we shall see!!
04-29-2009, 05:35 AM
04-29-2009, 06:27 AM
04-29-2009, 06:53 AM
Again though like a lot of fighters these days, your asking yourself which version is going to turn up.
We havent really seen Silva under pressure from a technical striker with fast hand speed (Vitor) but we do know he is seemingly a better counter puncher than taking the fight to the opposition.
I also think alves could go up easily depending on how he does against GSP.
A few years ago id have thrown Vera into the mix hes still looking soft at 205.
Also im from the UK so id like to see him fight Bisping, Mike would lose no doubt in my mind but i want him tested hard as hes never really been "beat up" i would like the hype or otherwise settled.
04-29-2009, 07:17 AM
04-29-2009, 07:52 AM
Agreed its not a UK Vs US thing but i really have never liked Hendo and would like to see him get KO'd.
If it had been Franklin Vs Bisping, id actually be routing for Rich.
As for the trash talking, hes always been the same, even in cage rage the guy had a big mouth but often backed it up.
I think being the first major UK success in the UFC he feels an obligation to put us on the map through any means, i know Ian freeman is well known but he didnt recieve the push Mike has.
I think Dana knows he will never hold the belt so hes not concerned if hes not all that marketable to the US guys, hes just using him to get exposure here in the UK and its working.
Problem is now though in the UK, everyone has a tapout t shirt on in the streets and everyone trains "UFC".
04-29-2009, 11:58 AM
Vera is looking better granted the last guy he looked great against didn't belong in the ring that night. If you are implying that he'd maybe look sharper at 185 then I might have to agree if that is possible.
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