|Written by Jerry Santiago|
UFC 101 has an outstanding Mixed Martial Arts Main Card lineup including a Light Heavyweight feature bout between Anderson Silva and Forrest Griffin. UFC 101 fans know the Brazilian Silva as the UFC Middleweight Champion and as a fighter with a phenomenal Mixed Martial Arts background.
Silva enters UFC 101 with a career record of 28 matches with 24 wins and 4 losses. He has 16 wins and 0 losses by knockout, 2 wins and 2 losses by submission, and 6 wins and 1 loss in his Mixed Martial Arts career by decision. Silva enters UFC 101 having won his last 10 consecutive fights, which is a UFC record.
His last bout prior to UFC 101 was a unanimous decision win over Thales Leites on April 18 as he successfully defended his UFC Middleweight Championship. Prior to that he compiled on to his UFC 101 resume another Middleweight Championship challenge win when he defeated Patrick Cole by technical knockout at the 0:39 mark of the 3rd round. Silva enters his bout against Griffin at UFC 101 having never fought as a Light Heavyweight.
Griffin enters UFC 101 having won the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship previously. He currently is ranked 4th in the world for that weight class by Sherdog and is ranked 3rd by MMAWeekly. Griffin enters UFC 101 having fought in 21 previous matches with a record of 16 wins and 5 losses. He has 3 wins and losses by knockout, 7 wins and 0 losses by submission, and 6 wins and 2 losses by decision.
Griffin has lost 3 out of his last 7 bouts including his last one on December 27 as he was defeated by Rashad Evans in a technical knockout at the 2:46 mark of the 3rd round as he relinquished his Light Heavyweight title in the process. Griffin had won the Light Heavyweight title in a July 5, 2008 bout against Quinton Jackson as he scored a unanimous decision win over him at UFC 86. Griffin is a graduate of the University of Georgia and served as a law enforcement officer in the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office at Augusta, Georgia.