As expected, UFC 101 will take place August 8 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. This will be the UFC's debut in the state of Pennsylvania, which just recently legalized mixed-martial-arts.
The pay-per-view event will be headlined by the lightweight title fight between current champion B.J. Penn and Kenny Florian. The co-main event will be a light-heavyweight bout between current middle-weight champion Anderson Silva and former champion, Forrest Griffin.
This will mark Silva's second fight in the 205-pound division, and also the return of Griffin after a serious hand injury.
After UFC President Dana White confirmed the lightweight title fight, he had some comments about the Griffin-Silva 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.”