It’s been two months since former UFC light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin was humiliated by Anderson Silva at UFC 101, however he hasn’t spoken-out about the loss until he was recently assigned to fight Tito Ortiz at UFC 106. If you recall, Forrest took off like a fart in the wind after he was jabbed to death by Silva.
“I’m not really sure I showed up to fight him,” Griffin told Ariel Helwani of MMAFanHouse. “Maybe I thought he was so good that I didn’t have to fight him.”
When asked what he would have changed to have made the fight more competitive, the former “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner was pretty blunt, if not vague, with his answer.
“I would have done everything differently,” Griffin stated.
Everything? Including your 100-yard dash to the locker room after regaining consciousness?
Here’s a quick recap in case you missed it. Griffin was outclassed in every aspect of the MMA game as the middleweight champ looked faster, quicker and more accurate. Silva dropped Griffin three times before ultimately putting him to sleep with a walking-away jab at 3:23 in the 1stRound.
When Griffin finally came to his senses, he bolted backstage like an embarrassed school girl, not stopping for a second to acknowledge his fans or the man that just humiliated him.
Griffin was shocked that all the talk after the scrap was about his “poor sportsmanship” and not about getting humbled inside the Octagon. He said that all of the hoopla surrounding his decision to immediately leave the cage was “dumb.”
“I mean, I don’t think the losers were going to speak that night anyway, you know. Just get on with the next fight already,” said Griffin putting the issue to rest.
Since the loss, Griffin tied the knot with his long-time girlfriend and is expected back at Xtreme Couture this week to begin preparations for his rematch with Ortiz.
Looks like the honeymoon is over as Forrest needs to get back to the grind if he wants to avenge his UFC 59 loss to “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” back in 2006.