Months of hard work, blood, sweat and tears left in the gym to prepare yourself for a fight and in 3 minutes and 23 seconds its over. Everything you trained for, everything you planned, everything you envisioned in your mind was over before it began. This is what happened to Forrest Griffin on Saturday night at UFC 101.
Griffin was matched up with Anderson Silva for one reason, his ability to force fights and never say die attitude.
Anderson Silva was coming off of two uneventful matchups with Patrick Cote and Theilas Lietes and the questions of his motivation began to arise. The UFC knew they had to challenge the champion with someone who would come to fight and bring continuous pressure. In steps Forrest Griffin.
Griffin was coming off a loss to Rashad Evans for the Light Heavyweight belt, but he seemed like a perfect matchup for the seemingly lackadaisical Silva. Griffin is known for his constant attack and ability to take a beating and he was the challenge Silva was looking for. Well as we all know, it wasn’t meant to be.
From the moment Silva took his walk into the octagon, you could tell the fans were in store for some action. His demeanor was reminiscent of his earlier fights in the UFC, determined and ready to punish anyone who stepped into his world. He didn’t disappoint, he handed Griffin his second defeat in a row, and he made it look easy.
However, not taking away from Silva’s impressive performance, much credit needs to be given to the former champion, Forrest Griffin.
Griffin took the fight with Silva without hesitation like he has with all his previous fights. He is a self proclaimed dog, who will fight anyone at anytime, regardless of who it is. He has become one of the most likeable fighters in the UFC and even though he was dominated on Saturday night, his star status should continue to rise. Credit should be given to Griffin for entering the octagon with someone who was clearly light years ahead of him.
Silva continued his impressive run of victories in the UFC, and has arguably defined himself as the pound for pound best fighter in the world. He dominated Griffin so easily, it still seems we haven’t seen the best of Anderson Silva. I’m curious to see who the UFC matches Silva up with next, speculation is a rematch with Dan Henderson, but I almost feel sorry for his next potential opponent.
Griffin himself said it perfectly; Anderson Silva makes great fighters look bad.