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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Dana White calls Anderson Silva a “shell of what he once was”

The controversy over UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva’s last two fights continue.

Anderson Silva’s first appearance inside the UFC Octagon was on June 28, 2006 at “Ultimate Fight Night 5” where he fought Chris “The Crippler” Leben. Silva dispatched the iron-chinned Leben with a knockout just 49 seconds into the fight.

Silva continued his reign of terror over the next two years. He fought six times from the Leben fight in June of ’06 to his light heavyweight fight with James Irvin in July of ’08. He knocked out four of the six opponents and submitted the other two (the Lutter submission came from strikes). Not a single one of those opponents got out of the second round.

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UFC 97 Main Event official

The UFC officially announced on Sunday that UFC 97, which will be held on April 18 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada, will feature a championship main event. Anderson Silva (23-4 MMA, 8-0 UFC) will take on recently announced number one contender Thales Leites (14-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) for the Middleweight Title.

This will be Silva’s first title defense since last October when he beat contender Patrick Cote (14-5 MMA, 4-5 UFC) in a very controversial match that ended with Cote blowing out his knee in the third round. Many people criticized the talented Silva for not fighting his hardest throughout the fight.

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Thales Leites gets next shot at Anderson Silva at UFC 97 in Montreal

When the UFC returns to Montreal in April of 2009, the Middleweight Title will be up for grabs. Anderson Silva and Thales Leites will fight for Silva’s 185 pound title in UFC 97’s main event. MMAWeekly originally broke the news after speaking to Leites.

Formerly, “The Spider” had been rumored to take on Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell at UFC 95 in London. However, Liddell made it clear that he had no desire to fight the middleweight kingpin. Silva’s manager, Ed Soares also stated that the champion would like to fight in the spring.

Leites comes into this fight with an impressive 14-1 record and has been on a tear since losing his UFC debut to Martin Kampmann in November of 2006. The BJJ black belt defeated Drew McFedries back at UFC 90 to win his fifth straight bout in the Octagon. He also won a controversial split decision over Nate Marquardt at UFC 85. Marquardt had a point deducted after landing an illegal knee to Leites’ head.

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UFC and Fabricio Werdum part ways

by: Matt De La Rosa

Don’t expect Fabricio Werdum to become a heavyweight gatekeeper or stepping stone in the UFC. MMAWeekly has reported Werdum’s contract negotiations with the UFC have ceased.

After a knockout loss to Junior Dos Santos at UFC 90, any leverage Werdum had going into negotiations ended the minute he hit the canvas in Chicago.

With rising stars such as Cain Velasquez and Shane Carwin, Werdum’s 2-2 record in the Octagon made him an expendable commodity in the UFC’s eyes.

Had Werdum defeated the UFC newcomer Dos Santos two weeks ago, many believed he would get the first crack at the winner of the four man tournament between Couture / Lesnar and Nogueira / Mir for the heavyweight title.

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Mark Dellagrotte praises Anderson Silva

Mark Dellagrotte was very proud of his student, Patrick Cote, after going two full rounds with the UFC Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva at UFC 90. Dellagrotte talks about the background on Cote’s knee injury and also gives his thoughts on Silva’s performance. He thinks that Silva respected Cote’s power and he also had this to … Read more

Dana White hopes Strikeforce gets 10 million viewers

Dana White hopes Strikeforce gets ten million viewers next week on NBC.  He has nothing bad to say about them cause “they are doing it the right way,” says the UFC President.  What do you think would happen if they really did get that many viewers? Dana also invites Kevin Ferguson (Kimbo Slice) onto The Ultimate … Read more

Inside the numbers: Sean Sherk vs. Tyson Griffin

Probably the most interesting fight statistically from UFC 90 was the Fight of the Night between Sean Sherk and Tyson Griffin. Our friends over at CompuStrike have it all broke down for us.  Sherk was the winner by unanimous decision and here’s why:

Griffin
Sherk
113/332
Total Strikes Landed/Thrown
132/307
34%
Percentage
43%
90/295
Total Arm Strikes Landed/Thrown
107/273
31%
Percentage
39%
83
Power Strikes Landed
102
7
Clinch Strikes Landed
5
13/24
Total Leg Strikes Landed/Thrown
23/30
54%
Percentage
77%
10
Kicks Landed
16
3
Knees Landed
7
10/13
Ground Strikes Landed/Thrown
2/4
77%
Percentage
50%
0
Takedowns
3
0
Submission Attempts
0
0
Reversals
0
0
Dominant Positions
2

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Sean Sherk discusses UFC 90 performance

Sean Sherk discusses his Fight of the Night performance at UFC 90 in Chicago against “Fight of the Night connoisseur,” Tyson Griffin. Sherk talks about what seems to have impressed people the most; his boxing. His boxing looked absolutely amazing with crisp clean shots thrown in combinations of power. He wants one more fight against … Read more