As Forrest Griffin prepares for the first-ever defense of his UFC light heavyweight title on Dec. 27 at UFC 92, he is relying on teammates and training partners to help him get ready for Rashad Evans.
One of those training partners, Wanderlei Silva, has a fight of his own the same night taking on former champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in the third bout between the two. It's their first meeting, however, in the Octagon.
While Griffin is solely focused on facing Evans, he would be remiss not to think about a possible fight down the line against teammate and now friend, Silva, who could very well be next in line if he is victorious at UFC 92.
Griffin spoke to MMAWeekly Radio about that very possibility.
"Obviously it's there," Griffin said about a possible fight with Wanderlei Silva. "It's going to happen one day. He knows that and he's cool with it; I'm cool with it."
The former "Ultimate Fighter" season 1 cast member has nothing but good things to say about Silva, who has become a mainstay at Xtreme Couture over the past year.
"Wanderlei's actually very professional, very nice guy," Griffin commented. "He just has this love of fighting. He's a guy that was put on this earth to fight people. That's just the way he's built."
One thing that Griffin understands beyond anything with a potential match-up against Silva is that he will have to be prepared for war, as the Brazilian is known for undying heart and tenacity in all of his fights.
"The love of the fray is what he has. You hit him, he doesn't care," said Griffin. "If he was a video game character, his game would have infinite life."
The door remains open for the now teammates to square off in the future, but for now Griffin sets his sites on Evans and the defense of the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 92.