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Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin Official; Thiago Silva Pulls Keith Jardine

(What has two thumbs and hates to engage during title fights? Photo courtesy of CombatLifestyle.)

Judging from the comments in our last few posts, many of you already know this, but yes, the rumored light-heavyweight showdown between Anderson Silva and Forrest Griffin quickly became official last night; the fight will support the BJ Penn/Kenny Florian lightweight title fight at UFC 101, which will take place at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia on August 8th. And both fighters are pretty psyched about it. As Dana White told Yahoo!’s Kevin Iole, "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." Silva’s manager Ed Soares added:

"Forrest is a bigger, stronger guy with a lot of cardio and he’s the full package. The other thing Anderson likes about it is that Forrest is a big name with a huge heart and is a fan favorite kind of a guy. That’s the kind of match that makes a legendary kind of a fight and that’s what Anderson wants.”

The Yahoo! article also mentions that Dana White is working on signing another middleweight that "would blow your mind," and Anderson is interested in a fight with Fedor Emelianenko.

Thiago Silva, who was originally slated to face Forrest Griffin, will now face Keith Jardine at UFC 102 (August 29th; Portland, Oregon), as first reported by MMA Junkie. Both fighters are coming off disappointing losses, with Silva taking his first-ever defeat at the hands of Lyoto Machida at UFC 94 in January, and Jardine dropping a unanimous decision to Quinton Jackson at UFC 96 in March.  Judging from Jardine’s dependable pattern of winning a fight then a losing a fight, he will likely score a victory over Silva. (Not to say that you shouldn’t show up, Thiago, but just prepare for disappointment, that’s all.) UFC 102 will be headlined by the heavyweight fight between Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

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Dyno- April 29, 2009 at 5:13 pm
middleweight - what about that guy from canada Michael Lascelles - he'd take the belt in less than two rounds
SCM- April 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm
This fight will be insane. Silvas gonna have a handful. I think Anderson might pull this off though.. Hes gonna show his old self because it is actually someone credible in mma. This will be INSANE. Im betting on silva. Theres no way im betting against him untill he loses. Simple as that.
Not First- April 29, 2009 at 3:01 pm
Silva vs Griffin? Thats a bad fight for Griffin. I like the guy cause of his brawling style but he will push the pace and press forward and get ko'ed. I wanna see Machida vs. Silva....
Anonymous- April 29, 2009 at 2:19 pm
Silva's next fight should be free on Spike. Redeem yourself there, and then maybe I'd pay later.
SCM- April 29, 2009 at 1:54 pm
Its gonna be Cung Le. Hes the only person that can blow our minds. Think about it. Then go watch his fights.
Tbiz- April 29, 2009 at 12:19 pm
Phil Baroni returns to the UFC middleweight division????
Tbiz- April 29, 2009 at 12:18 pm
Instead of throwing money away by betting on K-flo to pull off the upset, (which he won't!) try betting Forrest at UFC 101. He's the underdog and loves being in that position. BJ and Forrest will take home victories and BJ will get KO of the night via 2nd round TKO.
viper24- April 29, 2009 at 12:18 pm
my guess it's either lawler, mousasi, or "jacare" souza
MOOOOOSE- April 29, 2009 at 11:57 am
Anonymous- April 29, 2009 at 11:45 am
king mo
Anonymousbongripsforjesus- April 29, 2009 at 11:21 am
I hope to God it's Gegard Mousasi, dude is sick and I think would clean silvas clock along with ebveryone else in the division.
axhed- April 29, 2009 at 11:20 am
lol myles i was gonna guess gina carano.
Anonymous- April 29, 2009 at 10:34 am
mousasi would be the only middleweight that would 'blow my mind'. he's the only one who really presents an eminent threat to silva. shields, lawler, etc. are good, but if silva actually comes to fight then it's game over. the only problem is that mousasi doesn't want to fight middleweight anymore. hence, he vacated the mw belt at dream to move up at lhw and hw. by the way, fedor > spider silva
Anonymous- April 29, 2009 at 10:31 am
again anderson silva is a bitch, i dont care what that faggot does.
Justin- April 29, 2009 at 10:17 am
This fight is a fucking joke.
K.E.G.- April 29, 2009 at 10:16 am
Should be a great fight also you don't have to sell it as a main event wich I'm sure was a huge deal maker for DW after his last Anderson main event fiasco.
Anonymous- April 29, 2009 at 10:08 am
another bum fight for Silva great.
Antisocial- April 29, 2009 at 10:01 am
Anderson's reaction when he found out Gina Carano was going to be in Playboy.
just a fight fan- April 29, 2009 at 9:40 am
More importantly, does this mean if T Silva beats Jardine he gets the next title shot? After all, Jardine's is Rashad's personal gate keeper, right?
Fellow Canadian.- April 29, 2009 at 9:07 am
Its Nick Diaz! Whoop Whoop!
gesus- April 29, 2009 at 9:01 am
I'm willing to bet it is Cung Le. Seriously.
Zuza- April 29, 2009 at 9:01 am
Wow, it looks like we managed to chase this cock-loving prick CAPS LOCK HAL off this website. Finally, this flaming fag is gone and we can all enjoy some healthy MMA discussions. I hope he took that douche TUF Guy with him, I heard they like each other very much. Congratulations guys! It's a victory!! Time to celebrate! Woot!
manutdfan- April 29, 2009 at 8:54 am
Kadumel: Is that what happened in the 'Grappling Demonstration'?
Jay Smith- April 29, 2009 at 8:46 am
Silva by TKO in the 3rd round.
I hope like hell the middleweight is Cung Le. That dude kicks like a mule!
Armfarmer- April 29, 2009 at 8:44 am
Why does everyone all of a sudden think Forrest can wrestle? Isn't that the worst aspect of his game?