Anderson Silva-Forrest Griffin Set for August
"I honestly think Anderson Silva needs to challenge himself a little more."
Dana White's reaction at the UFC 97 post-fight press conference was less than congratulatory after a main event that drew the ire of many at home and left hundreds in attendance filing for the exits.
"Maybe we go to 205 and do a fight with somebody who poses a serious threat to him."
Many agreed. Anderson Silva was bored; he was rapidly growing tired of his shrinking competition. In his last two outings, he simply toyed with opponents who didn't really have any business inside that cage with him.
After leaving the cage with a unanimous five round decision victory without a scratch on him and setting a new UFC record for most consecutive victories at nine, Anderson Silva made it very clear that he is above and beyond any opponent the UFC has to offer at middleweight.
No one wants to sit through another five round circus act like the one we saw at UFC 97 in Montreal, Dana White especially.
Dana White is a man of his word. He was embarrassed by Silva's performance at UFC 97, so now it's Superfight time!
Anderson Silva is being sent to the land of light heavyweights for a second time. This time he won't be fighting a journeyman like he did against James Irvin. He'll fight former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin.
The two will meet August 8 in Philadelphia as the co-main event of UFC 101.
Forrest Griffin isn't a fighter who is going to lay down for Anderson Silva. We all know what kind of a fighter Forrest Griffin is, and when he fights you know you will be watching a war.
He has a lot of heart and skill, and is one of the most popular fighters in MMA.
He is just the type of fighter Anderson Silva wants—and needs.
Aside from UFC 100, UFC 101 is shaping up to be the best card of the year with the lightweight title fight between B.J. Penn and Kenny Florian as the main event.
Both men seem to be excited for this fight and that makes me, as a fan, excited for this fight.
Kevin Iole from Yahoo! Sports has more details in his article, which you can read here.
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