Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin in UFC 101 super fight

If Anderson “The Spider” Silva has been playing poker with the UFC, then Dana White just pulled out an ace. According to a new report from Kevin Iole, UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva will move up to the 205 lbs. limit of light heavyweight to fight former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and original “Ultimate Fighter” Forrest Griffin at UFC 101 on August 8th.

Anderson Silva drew the ire of the UFC President as well as much of the MMA media following his performance against Thales Leites in UFC 97’s main event. Leites is predominantly a jiu-jitsu fighter and refused to stand with the middleweight champ. What ensued was a drawn out five round unanimous decision for Silva.

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Anderson Silva UFC 97 open workout

Anderson Silva brought about twelve training partners with him to Montreal. He and his crew worked out hard for over an hour today at the UFC 97 open workout. Here is a look at the UFC Middleweight Champ following his workout as he fields questions from the media. Steve Cofield says Chuck Liddell, Mauricio “Shogun” … Read more

Anderson Silva will retire in 2009

by: Jack Bratcher

We’ve heard all the rumors and the so-called “mistranslations” but it doesn’t seem to get any more clear than this new interview with Anderson Silva where he says he will retire once his current contract with the UFC is up.  He has six fights on his contract until June of 2009.  Silva says, “everything has it’s time and I believe my time is already over.”

When asked if it had anything to do with the salary he makes from the UFC he assures us it has nothing to do with that and that he has never fought for the money.  The reporter tells Silva that he is sad to hear this and Silva tells him not to be sad because he will be sitting at the side of the Octagon with a fat belly eating popcorn cheering on the fighters.

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Cote makes good assessment of Anderson Silva

Patrick Cote is the next person in line (many would call it a firing line) to fight Anderson “The Spider” Silva in the UFC middleweight division. Cote will be trying to take away Silva’s title in the Windy City on Oct. 25th.

Cote starts out this interview by saying, “I’ve never been rocked, I’ve never been knocked out in my life.” Yeah, well Kimbo Slice never had a black eye prior to Oct. 4th either. When it comes to facing the UFC Middleweight Champ, what you have or have not done in your past really makes not a difference in the world. It doesn’t matter if you’ve spent your whole life as a lion-tamer when you come face to face with a venomous King Cobra. It’s a completely different animal.

Having said that, Cote does seem to have a pretty accurate assessment of Silva’s skill level. He says, “His biggest strengths are everything. He’s the best fighter in the world.” Cote asks for the ultimate test when he declares, “I want to fight the best Anderson Silva possible.”  If nothing else, one must admire Cote for his ambition as he readies himself for the biggest fight of his life.

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