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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Will Fight FoGriff in Sonnen’s Absence, If That’s Cool

Believe it or not, Potato Nation, but there was a brief moment in time when Chael Sonnen was supposed to rematch Forrest Griffin in his return to the light heavyweight division at UFC 155. You might not remember it due to the fact that upon announcing his change in weight class, Sonnen almost immediately skipped over Griffin to set his sights on Jon Jones, a decision that proved ultimately fruitful. Surprisingly, FoGriff seemed at least partially relieved not to be fighting that “boring” Sonnen fellow, but when he is made aware that he’s now been called out by Antonio “Lil’ Nog” Nogueira because of it, we imagine he’s going to wish he could still fight the middleweight wrestler with no KO power and poor submission defense who he has already beaten.

One thing you might recall is that Griffin and Nog were set to meet way back at UFC 114 before a shoulder injury forced the TUF 1 winner out of the contest. Griffin was replaced by Jason Brilz, who turned in one of the most respectable losses in UFC, nay, MMA history that night, coming up just short by way of split decision. Since then, Lil’ Nog has gone 1-2, dropping a pair of UD’s to wrestlers Ryan Bader and Phil Davis before beating the poop out of Tito Ortiz at UFC 140. Griffin is also coming off a win over “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” (I refuse to acknowledge this “People’s Champ” nonsense), albeit by another close decision in their trilogy-completing/Ortiz-retiring match at UFC 148.

It has also been rumored that Stephan Bonnar, who is fresh off a first round drubbing at the hands of Anderson Silva, would be stepping in to replace Sonnen, but neither that matchup nor the Lil’ Nog matchup have even come close to being confirmed yet. That being said, you have to imagine the aging Griffin would prefer to square off with an old foe for a final time rather than risk having his head used as a basketball by another Brazilian.

We will have more on this story as soon as we are made aware.

-J. Jones

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Gobbleston- October 19, 2012 at 11:26 am
Has Forrest Griffin himself gotten an account here with access to the thumbs down buttons?
hitekredneck- October 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm
If so, he musta liked my drunken uncle remark.
hitekredneck- October 19, 2012 at 3:09 am
I really loved Forrest from the TUF finale 1, up until his first loss. Disappointed to see him run out like that, but I held hope that his heart for the fight would return. Then he fought(?) Silva. Or laid down for him, not sure which. Since then, Forrest has been like that old drunken uncle we all seem to have. Good for memories, but ya kinda wish he'd stay away.
The_Dead_Cow- October 19, 2012 at 2:14 am
Pen fifteen has it rite. I DGAF about fogriff, he's not very entertaining IMO. Give him Vera.
Pen Fifteen- October 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm
Who gives a shit about Forrest Griffin? He hasn't been relevant since winning a gift decision from Rampage, and that was over 4 years ago. He's been the UFC's most overpaid gatekeeper ever since.
The Oracle of MMA- October 18, 2012 at 9:54 pm
Griffin will ultimately back out of this fight if indeed it does get signed. Forrest will "injure", heavy emphasis on the quotation marks, some random body part.
Shifty-Eyed Dog- October 18, 2012 at 8:43 pm
According to Sonnen, Griffin already has a new opponent. He was told when he accepted the Jones fight, he just couldn't reveal who it was.
samclark- October 18, 2012 at 6:39 pm
Tito is going by "peoples champ" now? Dear god. Is beating Tito even an accomplishment anymore? Griffin and Bonnar both need a lesson in punching power. It's a near perfect chance their fights will either A)be boring B)be 15 minutes or C)both. I lost it for Griffin after he ran away from Silva. I just finished his first book and he ranted about never giving up and being a man the entire book. rant/10
algiersheadkick504- October 18, 2012 at 2:43 pm
please for the love of god dont make griff/bonner. just make him fight lil nog so it has a good chance of the fight being finished in the first round and we can just move on to the next fight.
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