Forrest Griffin, who underwent surgery on his hand following a loss to Rashad Evans, will return to the octagon on August 8th to take on Thiago Silva in what is expected to be the co-main event of UFC 101 in Portland, Oregon beneath a headlining matchup featuring Randy Couture against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
MMA Junkie first reported the light heavyweight bout on Monday evening, adding that both fighters have verbally agreed to the fight and bout agreements are expected to be finalized by the end of the week.
Prior to relinquishing the 205-pound title in his December loss to Evans, Griffin (16-5), the winner of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, captured the belt with a unanimous decision victory over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 86 in July. He earned the title shot with back-to-back victories over Hector Ramirez and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. As MMAFrenzy.com previously reported, Griffin anticipated an August return to action after undergoing surgery in January to repair a broken hand.
Silva (13-1) compiled an undefeated 13-0 mark, including UFC wins over James Irvin, Tomasz Drwal, Houston Alexander, and Antonio Mendes, before suffering a first-round knockout loss to top-contender Lyoto Machida at UFC 94 in January.