Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin was slapped silly by Anderson Silva this past weekend at UFC 101, and Griffin hasn’t been seen since the embarrassing loss. After regaining consciousness, he sprinted out of the Octagon faster than a Silva jab to the grill.
Griffin received a lot of flack for his unsportsmanlike behavior following his knockout, failing to address his fans or show respect to the man that just punked him brought on comparisons of Brock Lesnar’s antics after his UFC 100 win over Frank Mir, where the heavyweight champ flipped off the crowd following his W.
During the UFC 101 post fight presser, president Dana White was asked about Griffin’s whereabouts and his sprinter-like speed in heading back to the locker room. White joked that he may, “Be in Georgia by now. He ran out and I haven’t seen him since.”
However, if you believe The Telegraph in the U.K., Griffin was unable to hear in one year and suffered a dislocated jaw after getting jabbed to death, and it was because of those reasons that Griffin rushed backstage so he could head to the hospital.
If you missed this weekend’s historic event, Griffin was unable to land anything significant during his bout with Silva, even though the middleweight champ kept his hands down for almost the entire fight, begging Griffin to engage and over-commit.
Silva was quicker, sharper and faster, beating Griffin to every strike, knocking “The Ultimate Fighter 1” winner on his tush three times in the 1stRound, ultimately ending Griffin’s night with with a JAB at 3:23.
This was not the first time that Griffin bolted after suffering a disappointing loss. He also showed off his track skills after he suffered a 1stRound knockout loss to Keith Jardine at UFC 66 in December of 2006.
No official word from Griffin’s camp or the UFC regarding the reported injury, however let’s hope that’s the reason he bounced out of there so quickly. It’s one thing to be pissed that Jardine upsets you, but it is a completely different story when a 4-to-1 favorite knocks you out.
Run Forrest, Run …