UFC 101: Does Forrest Griffin VS Anderson Silva Really Mean Anything?

Brighton MorrisContributor IJuly 31, 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)

Forrest Griffin versus Anderson Silva. On paper, this fight has almost all the makings of amazing fight. Forrest comes to every fight to put on a show for the fans and he leaves absolutely everything in the Octagon. Silva, one of the top P4P fighters in the world, has looked bored in his last few fights, but we all know what he is capable of.

What I want to know is this: What the heck does this fight actually mean?

Does Forrest's standing in LHW go up by beating someone who is not fighting at their natural weight class? What if he loses?

What happens if Anderson loses? Does he go back down in weight and to pounding on every poor soul that Joe Silva puts in the cage with him?

And what does Silva gain? Sure, he wants new challenges. So he moves up a division, much like BJ Penn. But BJ did it for a title shot. Anderson has stated many times he will not fight Lyoto Machida, as the two are close friends.

So if he beats Forrest, what does he do? Continue on in the LHW division, dodging a title fight until Machida is no longer the champion?

As a fan, this fight has had me excited for months. But in the back of my mind I am still wondering why it is happening in the first place.