Anderson Silva Vs Forrest Griffin, A Contender For Fight Of The Year?

Daniel SadlerCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2009

CHICAGO- OCTOBER 25:  Anderson Silva prepares before the Middleweight Title Bout at UFC's Ultimate Fight Night at Allstate Arena on October 25, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

MMA fans might still be recovering from the UFC's landmark 100th event but there is a lot to still look forward to this year. Starting with the middleweight champion Anderson Silva going toe to toe against TUF one winner and former UFC light-heavyweight champion at UFC 101 on August 8th.

Although technically this fight is not the main event, it is a fight that most MMA fans will look forward to more than Penn Vs Florian.

Anderson Silva's current nine fight win streak is impressive (a UFC record), but his last two fights have lead to doubt in Anderson's drive and hunger to compete and entertain since he has done so much in the UFC. 

Anderson and the UFC had many oppurtunities to go in a variety of directions, continue fighting at 185 and defend against the multiple number one contenders, fight against GSP in a superfight or continue to fight at light-heavyweight hopefully leading to a Silva-Machida superfight.

But coming off two lackluster performances the marketability for superfights wasn't there, so the UFC seemingly handed Anderson a bone by giving him Forrest Griffin at UFC 101. While many people are already looking at who else Anderson has to beat until he fights Machida, you cannot underestimate Forrest.

Forrest-Anderson stylistically matches up in favour for Anderson because finally after two hesitant challengers he will finally have a fighter that will stand and bang with him, much like Rich Franklin, and we all know what happened to him. However, Forrest is different, while Rich is more technical and calculated, much like Anderson himself, Forrest is much more unpredictable. Forrest also has a major advantage over Silva, which is strength. If Forrest can use his strength he should be able to negate Anderson's muay thai clinch or at least slow it down.

Although the winner of this fight isn't as clear cut as some people believe, it is guaranteed to be a stand up affair between two of the best fighters in the world, and has the potential to take fight of the year away from Guida-Sanchez.

My prediction- An absolute war, and frankly as long as it's a good fight I don't mind who wins.