Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin is slated to return during the yet-to-be announced UFC 101 event this coming August against Thiago Silva.
News of the matchup comes courtesy of a report by MMAjunkie.com, which adds that UFC 101 is tentatively scheduled to take place on August 8 in Portland, Ore.
Verbal committments from both fighters have been received and signed bout agreements are expected to be signed within the next several days.
Both Griffin and Silva are on the rebound with Griffin having lost his UFC light heavyweight title to Rashad Evans this past December at UFC 92 and Silva having lost his undefeated record against Lyoto Machida this past January at UFC 94.
Griffin, 16-5, had won the title from Quinton “Rampage” Jackson following a five-round unanimous decision at UFC 86 this past July. The light heavyweight winner from the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, Griffin is one of the UFC’s signature stars and boasts a lifetime record in the Octagon of 7-3. The 29-year old holds notable victories in his career over Jeremy Horn, Stephan Bonnar, Jeff Monson, and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Silva entered UFC 94 with a 13-0 record but sustained the first loss of his professional career after being knocked out by Machida with just one second remaining in round 1. A former member of the Chute Boxe Academy who now trains with American Top Team, Silva has a 4-1 lifetime record in the UFC with wins over Houston Alexander, James Irvin, Tomasz Drwal, and Antonio Mendes.
In addition to Griffin vs. Silva, UFC 101 is also expected to feature a clash between former UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture and former PRIDE heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.