He caught a lot of flack for his last two sub-par victories, but the Anderson Silva of old showed up at UFC 101 as he knocked out former UFC champion Forrest Griffin at 3:23 of the first round.
“Forrest is a good guy,” Silva said of his latest conquest. “He’s a good fighter. He’s a good man.”
Silva had pretty much waxed his division clean and was riding a dominating 10-fight winning streak, which might explain why he was getting a little bored.
“I want to fight against the best,” Silva said when asked after the fight if he’d continue competing as a middleweight or light heavyweight. “Whoever the best is at the time, that’s who I want to fight.”
Perhaps it’s best for Silva, the UFC and its fans if he focuses more of his efforts at 205. He is clearly untouchable in his own division, and at least he is challenged fighting bigger opponents, which ultimately treats fans to performances like tonight.
It’s a win/win for all, right?
“It’s a big problem, because these guys at 205 (pounds) are a lot bigger than me,” Silva said of fighting in the light heavyweight division. “But I want to fight against the best.”