On the heels of one of the most disappointing UFC main-events in years, Dana White has announced a blockbuster main-event for UFC 101. UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will face ex-UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin. The fight will co-headline UFC’s debut in Philadelphia, PA at UFC 101 on August 8.
Dana White said the following about the fight. “Forrest loved the idea and said he’d do it right away, and Anderson told me he would fight anyone I wanted him to fight, no matter who it is. So we got the deal…. I talked to (a reporter) the day after (UFC 97) and that’s when I started working on this. At the end of the day, it’s my job to put on the kinds of fights that you in the media will like and that the fans will want to see. Silva and Griffin is the kind of fight that even other fighters are going to go crazy for. That’s what I do for a living. I as a fan didn’t like what I saw (at UFC 97) and I wasn’t kidding when I said I wanted to walk out of the building because of how embarrassed I am. But I can tell you this: I’m going to be counting the days until this fight.”
[adinserter block=”1″]I love this fight on paper. Arguably, Anderson Silva is coming off of two boring fights. Silva likes to play the waiting game with his opponents, which can lead to dull fights. Griffin is a stand up striker and will push this fight like nobody Silva has fought since Dan Henderson. I don’t know how long this one is going to go, but it is guaranteed to be an exciting fight.
There was some interesting news coming out of this announcement. Maybe the biggest other than the fight, centered around Anderson Silva’s dream opponent. Silva went on record saying that he wishes to fight heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko. Emelianenko is under contract elsewhere and has been unable to come to terms with UFC for years. This one is something to keep an eye out for in the future.
The fight will co-headline UFC’s first foray into Philadelphia. UFC 101 will also be headlined by B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian for Penn’s lightweight title. The show looks fantastic thus far on paper. I hope for Silva’s sake that he doesn’t go into this fight with the strategy of the last fight. The fans in Philadelphia will likely riot in the streets if they are treated that kind of entertainment. Nonetheless, it should be a hell of a fight and I am glad it is coming here to Philadelphia.
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