White wanted to ensure a blockbuster matchup to make up for Silva's last two highly criticized performances.
"Forrest loved the idea and said he'd do it right away, and Anderson told me he would fight anyone I wanted him to fight, no matter who it is," White said to Yahoo! Sports. "So we got the deal."
Griffin won the UFC light-heavyweight belt last July at UFC 86 but passed it to Rashad Evans in a TKO loss at UFC 92 in December. Anderson Silva compiled a record ninth straight UFC win two weeks ago but the accomplishment was overshadowed by a performance White described as "embarrassing."
So where does this leave Griffin's original UFC 101 opponent, Thiago Silva? The UFC has slotted the Brazilian striker at UFC 102 on August 29 with another "The Ultimate Fighter" alum, Keith Jardine. Jardine is coming off a loss via unanimous decision to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson at UFC 96. Thiago Silva suffered the first loss of his career in January when he was knocked out by Lyoto Machida with a second left in the first round.