UFC on FOX 2: Building the Rest of the Card with Forrest Griffin

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UFC on FOX 2: Building the Rest of the Card with Forrest Griffin

The UFC will make its second foray onto the FOX network come early next year.

On January 28, the organization will venture to the United Center in Chicago, where a light heavyweight tilt pitting former champion Rashad Evans against Phil Davis will headline the event, while middleweight contenders Chael Sonnen and Mark Munoz meet one another in a No. 1 contenders battle.

The card in and of itself is largely complete, with Michael Bisping and Demian Maia rounding out the main card while a number or preliminary battles are already in the works, making the event 10 fights deep.

However, there is still room for more.

Should there be any more additions to the card, the organization may want to consider re-introducing one of their former top contenders into the fray.

On January 1st of last year, Thiago Silva took on Brandon Vera in a light heavyweight affair, where the Brazilian bloodied and bludgeoned the Californian en route to a dominant decision victory.

However, soon after, Silva was suspended for one year by the Nevada State Athletic Commission after submitted a falsified urine sample, hiding performance-enhancing drugs which were used to aid an ailing back injury that had been plaguing Silva for some time.

His suspension will be completed early next year and with a division that is in need of more formidable opposition, Silva could return to the fray in a high-profile battle with a former world champion in Forrest Griffin.

The original winner of The Ultimate Fighter was recently riding a two-fight win streak in the organization before rival Mauricio "Shogun" Rua stopped Griffin inside of the first round with strikes this August.

The loss was yet another setback that Griffin has suffered in his career, which has failed to gain consistency after having lost his title to the aforementioned Evans in December of 2008. The fan favorite has gone 2-3 in his last five outings.

Silva and Griffin were initially pitted opposite one another at UFC 101 in August of 2009, though the Brazilian was replaced with middleweight great Anderson Silva, and the light heavyweight slugger later challenged Keith Jardine, knocking out the Greg Jackson fighter inside of the first round.

A battle between both men could prove detrimental for both their careers. Should Griffin defeat Silva, it will be another named opponent to add to his list of accolades while a victory for the American Top Team product would signal his reemergence in the stacked division. 

Only time will tell what the promotion decides to do with either man, but fans can take solace that Silva will be returning to action sooner rather than later. 

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