Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin has confirmed that he’s slated to return from a broken hand against Thiago Silva at UFC 101 in Philadelphia, PA on August 8.
Griffin revealed the news during Wednesday’s season premiere for the ninth season of The Ultimate Fighter. During a “Late Night News Presented by Burger King” commercial insert, Griffin updated fans on his status and revealed that his first bout back since losing the UFC light heavyweight title to Rashad Evans at UFC 92 this past September is set to occur vs. the American Top Team standout.
During the interview, Griffin also discussed his broken left hand. While holding the hand out in front of the camera, a noticeable surgical scar could be seen. Griffin indicated that metal pins had been inserted to help the injury heal properly.
Griffin, 16-5, was the light heavyweight winner of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter. One of the organization’s most popular fighters, Griffin has a lifetime record of 7-3 in the Octagon and won the UFC light heavyweight title from Quinton “Rampage” Jackson following a unanimous decision victory at UFC 86 this past July.
In addition to Griffin vs. Silva, UFC 101 is expected to be headlined by B.J. Penn defending the UFC light heavyweight title vs. Kenny Florian. Additionally, Amir Sadollah revealed during TUF 9 that he is slated to compete at UFC 101 as well in a welterweight contest.