Thiago Silva was expected to take on Forrest Griffin in the co-main event at UFC 101. The UFC has apparently changed their mind, Anderson “The Spider” Silva is now in talks to face Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 on August 8 from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
Sources close to the organization today told MMAjunkie a meeting was held last week to discuss the Anderson Silva vs. Griffin bout and that verbal agreements may now be in place.
The source isn’t sure if Thiago Silva will remain on the UFC 101 card with a new opponent or if he’ll be shifted to another event.
the fighter [Thiago Silva] was unaware his fight with Griffin had been scratched. Even as of this morning, the fighter was apparently under the impression he was still scheduled to fight Griffin at UFC 101.
Yahoo Sports confirms the rumor.
“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,” White said. “So we got the deal.” – UFC President Dana White
“Silva, telling Yahoo! Sports on Tuesday that he had signed a deal for Silva to face ex-light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin in the co-main event of UFC 101 in Philadelphia on Aug. 8.” – Anderson Silva
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