Kevin Iole over at Yahoo Sports is confirming that the UFC has signed the Anderson Silva-Forrest Griffin fight for UFC 101. It will serve as the co-main event to the lightweight title fight between B.J. Penn and Kenny Florian.
If you are an MMA fan, pack your bags for Philadelphia.
The ramifications of this match are huge and are briefly talked about in my previous post. A win by either fighter puts them in the mix for a light heavyweight title shot. Both men are probably be one fight removed right now.
If Silva wants a 205-pound title shot, he may want to start rooting against his friend and training partner Lyoto Machida. Silva has said in the past he would never fight his freind, so Machida getting his hands on the belt would stop any title talk real soon.
If Rashad Evans holds on to his belt, he will go on to fight Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Silva would face the winner of that fight, given that he wins his fight with Griffin, as well as the fight after that.
If Machida wins, effectively canceling out a Silva title run, a super fight with George St. Pierre becomes likely. Silva can always go back to middleweight and toy with the Henderson-Bisping winner followed by the Maia-Marquardt winner.
As far as the Silva-Griffin matchup, one has to wonder how Griffin intends to win. It seems he will have to come up with the perfect game plan, much the way Randy Couture had to come up with the perfect plan for Brock Lesnar.
No doubt, Couture will be working very closely with Griffin for this fight over at Xtreme Couture.
The only way I can see Griffin winning is by decision, and it will be very hard to out-point someone as technical as Silva.
More to come as it comes.