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Forrest Griffin Explains What Went Wrong Against Anderson Silva; Says He Hopes He Doesn’t Have to Fight Jon Jones Next


(Video courtesy YouTube/TheJasonEllisShow)

When Forrest Griffin ran out of the Octagon after getting sat down by Anderson Silva at UFC 101, most of us MMA media types thought, "There’s something we won’t be able to ask him about in an interview."

Apparently time heals all wounds because Forrest has finally broken his silence on what happened in the fight and what was going through his mind as he was jabbed into a living death by "The Spider" and he has apparently taken the  advice he gave me at the MMA Expo about making fun of yourself.

Earlier this week on the The Jason Ellis Show, Forrest brought up the fight with Silva on his own when he was asked if he would be fighting Jon Jones in his next bout



"I hope I’m not fighting Jon "Bones" Jones. I might be. Fuck it; if I am, I am. I’ll do it, but I’m not even training right now. That’s a bad dude. That dude wil’ whup my ass. Fuck it. What’s the worst…I mean, it couldn’t be worse than Anderson Silva. It shouldn’t be worse than that, right? Every fight I go into, no matter what happens, it couldn’t be worse than Anderson Silva," Griffin pointed out. "’Cos that shit was a year ago and literally every day people ask me something about that. ‘What happened…What happened?’ You want to know what happened? It’s on page 23 [of my new book] if you need to know. Check it out."

"He punched you in the chin," Ellis deadpanned.

"Repeatedly," Griffin pointed out. "And I was very confused. I tried to punch him and he literally moved his head out of the way and looked at me like I was stupid for doing it. He looked at me like, ‘Why would you do such a stupid thing?’ He looked at me like, ‘Oh, did you really think you were going to hit me? What a stupid thing to think you slow, slow white boy,’ and then he punched me. I felt embarrassed for even trying to punch him. I felt like some kid trying to wrestle with his dad."



Comments

  1. CodyV Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 11:54


    This is kinda sad...
  2. Bob Reilly Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 11:58


    This was when anderson was thought to be unbeatable. I think things will go differently from now on with anderson.
  3. steampunk22 Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 11:58


    Didn't he also mention a few months ago he was on some pretty serious quaaludes? I only ever saw him say it in one interview. Anyone else remember that? This seems to be a pretty honest description of what happened though. When confronted with such an obvious gap in skill between you and your opponent, that maybe wasn't quite so apparent until you stepped into the ring, what do you do? Your heart would just hit the floor.
  4. RwilsonR Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 12:04


    I was actually thinking Forrest would be a good opponent for Jon Jones to step into the top of the weight class. I don't know who they should let Bones fight. Lyoto, Rampage, Rashad and Shogun are all tied up. So Forrest seemed logical. But after reading that, I kinda feel bad for Forrest that he is used as a punching dummy for the best fighters out there to make a name for themselves. They should give Forrest a guy he can destroy on his next fight out so that he can rebuild his rep a bit and get some confidence. Poor bastard was just outclassed so badly. But he gives an honest assessment. I just hope they don't give Bones a fight with Rich Franklin. I've always liked Franklin a lot, and he never quits, which in a fight against Jon Jones means he'll probably have two broken orbital bones, a few fractured ribs, and who knows what else before the fight is called. Jones doesn't seem to outright KO people. He is a sick motherfucker and does serious damage. Scary fight for anyone.
  5. glassjawsh Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 12:07


    ^ what he shouldve done is thrown anderson on his head with his hairy ape man strength, like i was screaming at the tv the entire fight. i also can't decide is forrest is awesome for his candor or a bitch for not wanting to fight jones or maybe he is somehow both and a badass for being able to pull it off
  6. floppytall Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 12:09


    @retconnedneovictorian23 I agree, when he walked in the ring he said "ah fuck, he's over 9000". Throwback.
  7. El Guapo Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 12:12


    Move over "Don't be scared, Homie!", there's a new sheriff in town.. "What a stupid thing to think you slow, slow white boy" is my new favorite catchphrase. Can't hardly wait!
  8. El Guapo Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 12:19


    I wonder who's gonna get first billing? War Machine, perhaps. Weezer's definitely a candidate. Can't sleep on "Instant Cold Fission" Dan Quinn, either. Should do a Gambling Enabler for this..
  9. Erased230 Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 12:26


    That audio was hilarious!
  10. jimbonics Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 01:02


    @Voit I have no problem with them feeding Franklin to Bones Jones. Remember, they fed Shamrock to Franklin... Circle of Life.
  11. OffTopicCommenter Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 01:04


    Maybe after Couture is done with him, we'll be able to understand Toney when he talks.
  12. kaaoss Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 01:05


    Ellis is a hell of an interviewer, plus a great proponent of the sport, buddies with Mayhem, has Rogan on his show all the time, everyone should listen to him.
  13. ilvbllythekd12 Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 01:17


    I want this to be my ringtone.
  14. Silva fan999k Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 02:15


    TO Bob : That is what YOU think... Silva was hurt from the first round so we'll see on his next fight...
  15. Ballkick Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 02:18


    @kaaoss Ellis is a hell of an interviewer, plus a great proponent of the sport, buddies with Mayhem, has Rogan on his show all the time, everyone should listen to him. I couldn't agree more Ellis is fucking hilarious......has me in stitches every time I tune in. Funny Aussie!
  16. easy21 Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 02:21


    Yeah i thought the same thing when someone suggested Bones fight Forrest " I hope not"
  17. Sudos KFC Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 02:26


    Since Forrest is such a draw and everyone with half a brain knows he will never be (might not even wish to be) champion again why does Joe Silva keep throwing him to the worst possible style matchups constantly? He should be on the Spencer Fisher plan of 2 easy fights one hard one...repeat as needed. He needs a couple of fights to get himself back together and build his mma rep up again. we all love him, he has a job for life and he will ALWAYS step up and take the fight so instead of using that to embarrass him, and destroy his draw how about we recognize his limitations, and his gifts and use him in a way that actually relects his role?
  18. imabigfan Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 02:49


    "he punched you in the face" "Repeatedly. And I was confused." Say what you will about Forest, but that was some seriously funny, honest stuff. I'd drink a beer or nine with him anytime. That had me rolling.
  19. fatbellyfrank Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 03:48


    Cool stuff Forrest, Tito, BJ, take note, you can be honest after a fight
  20. Danky4twanky Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 04:00


    Sounds like griffin has a confidence issue. I hope that this was just a light hearted response that he didn't really mean. I like Forrest but you have to believe you can do better and progress. He can't be scared of Jon "pot snitcher" jones. He is right about getting his ass whipped but you never know. I thought chael was gonna be the middleweight champ when round 5 started
  21. ClashOfTheMarshmallows Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 04:14


    @ El Guapomole....I guess nobody told Chael Sonnen about that catch phrase. After watching 4.5 rounds of Chael just generally outboxing and and pounding the shit out of Silva, I'd say that catch phrase belongs in the shitcan.
  22. El Guapo Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 04:35


    Did TrashoftheMarsh really say Chael outboxed Silva for 4.5 rounds? Holy guacamole, he did! Not sure how to respond to that. I suppose I could ask him if he actually watched the fight, but that would be too obvious. Hmmmm.. Anybody??
  23. LJM Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 04:40


    That makes me almost love Griffin. He is hilarious and humble. A rare combination.
  24. Sudos KFC Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 04:57


    El guapo, why are you so upset? Chael was at very worst even on the feet with silva, on that one particular night, was he put in danger? Dropped? Yes and so was silva. So I would say maybe he DID watch the fight, and only that fight, because on the one, singular night you could give the stand up strikes landed (its not based on who wanted to be standing) to either man.
  25. DazedNConfused Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 05:03


    Meh Andersons still awesome. That was a comeback win and a great one at that. People will say it proved he can be beat, but did it? I mean he got owned for 4.5 rounds, he even looked rough on his feet, and he still won. If anything it showed that it's going to be tough beating Anderson even on an off night. Don't expect every fight to go like the last. That shit's a rare occurance.
  26. Danky4twanky Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 05:05


    Dominated On the ground for 4.5 rds, but outboxed is pretty over the top. That's not what I saw.
  27. fatbellyfrank Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 05:17


    El Guapo, It is a fucken cool catch phrase, and this is about Forest, fuck off any one wanting to talk about fucken Sonnen, its ovaaaaaah,, I thought we all agreed Sonnen was winning right up til he fucken lost move on. Fucken loved this interview, seems to me Forest has a fairly healthy sense of self appreciation and worth so why bullshit, Silva beat him up so pointless cryin about it, mark of a man IMO, yeah he fucken rocked me all ends up man, dont want to do that again, but lets have a laugh and keep entertainin the fans +100 Forest and that is a fucken cool catchphrase "What a stupid thing to think you slow, slow white boy" you can even see it on Anderson's face. And outboxed for 4.5 rounds, wouldn't that have required both fighters on there feet for 4.5 rounds, I dont recall seeing that, hell of a lot of ground game I thought
  28. Mr_Misanthropy Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 06:03


    Forrest is a kewl dood.
  29. Danky4twanky Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 06:15


    I agree with fatbellyfrank. Let's move on. I actually brought it up but only as an example that anything can happen in the cage. So if ur riding chael's nuts, please exit left. Griffin is a funny muthafucka tho.
  30. El Guapo Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 06:25


    Note to self: If it's not one of the regulars, be sure to check and see if if they've been a member of CP for more than 2 hours.. It seems I've just been had. That's what I get for feeding the trolls. Well done, TrashoftheMarsh/Dung Fu/whatever you're gonna change your name to...again. Well done, indeed.
  31. fatbellyfrank Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 09:35


    El Guapo, theres been a bit of that lately, we must keep our wits about us Potato Warriors, we're like Asterix the Gaul and his village of indomitable warroirs, we must repel the troll/be invaders at all costs
  32. Mofo Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 10:05


    Asterix... Haha grew up with that shit... It's surely just insomnia making my brain weird but I just pictured Faber (with the long hair) as asterix and Butterbean as obelix. Aaaaand time fer sleep But first: fuck sonnen, and forest is the man
  33. fatbellyfrank Says:

    Thu, 08/19/10 - 10:45


    ^Clay Guida and Roy Nelson, yeah Asterix and Obelix rock
  34. J-Dog Says:

    Fri, 08/20/10 - 07:41


    How can you not like this guy? He has one of the best personalities in the sport. I bet the book is funny.
  35. Dung Fu Master Says:

    Fri, 08/20/10 - 09:02


    @ El Guaco: Reality Check Time. Compustrike: Sonnen 289 Silva 29 Apparently I'm not the only fool who thinks Sonnen outboxed Silva: Check this headline from MMA Convert: "Chael Sonnen’s fists were on fire in his title fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 117. Not only did Sonnen take Silva down at will and beat the living daylights out of him, he outstruck Silva on the feet. CompuStrike’s numbers say it was only 19 strikes landed to Anderson’s 14, but still, if you saw the fight, you know Chael got the better of Anderson in the early striking exchanges, which was simply jaw-dropping in of itself." Forrest Griffin may be a slow white boy, but Sonnen was not.
  36. Mofo Says:

    Fri, 08/20/10 - 10:26


    Haha! So sad that he landed 289 punches and not a one of them hit Andy's chin. Todd Duffee and Nate Marquardt and Dos Santos, THEY get to brag about how FEW punches they threw! The more you trumpet the number of punches landed, the more embarrassing for Sonnen. That said, Sonnen blew my frikkin mind that night, he *absolutely* brought it, and that was one of the best fights I've ever seen, just because of Silva's history. He's still a dick, of course. But he likes it that way.
  37. Socal Tot Says:

    Fri, 08/20/10 - 01:38


    The comment about Anderson making Forrest say he felt like he was wrestling his dad was classic. I remember trying to take out my dad when I was a wee lad and it went down pretty much how the Siva v. Griffin fight went down- minus the punches to the face. Agreed that Forrest is a humble dude. He got his ass beat by a master that night, but Forrest is still a bad ass mofo.
  38. fatbellyfrank Says:

    Sat, 08/21/10 - 12:30


    Dung Fu Master Says: Sat, 08/21/2010 - 02:02 @ El Guaco: Reality Check Time. Compustrike: Sonnen 289 Silva 29 Apparently I'm not the only fool who thinks Sonnen outboxed Silva: Check this headline from MMA Convert: "Chael Sonnen’s fists were on fire in his title fight against Anderson Silva at UFC 117. Not only did Sonnen take Silva down at will and beat the living daylights out of him, he outstruck Silva on the feet. CompuStrike’s numbers say it was only 19 strikes landed to Anderson’s 14, but still, if you saw the fight, you know Chael got the better of Anderson in the early striking exchanges, which was simply jaw-dropping in of itself." Forrest Griffin may be a slow white boy, but Sonnen was not ....................................................................................................................... And even though he was outstruck 10-1 Silva still took the belt over Chael"Hands like Feather Dusters" Sonnen. Any one still barking on about Sonnen supposedly deserving the victory and shit need to get over it, or seek psychiatric help, Sonnen fought well, but not well enough to win, and if you dont beleive me, check any MMA site and see who's name appears as champion. Is it Silva or Sonnen, Silva you say, so he won and he's still the champ
  39. fatbellyfrank Says:

    Sat, 08/21/10 - 12:34


    :Dung Fu Master Says: Sat, 08/21/2010 - 02:02 @ El Guaco: Reality Check Time. Compustrike: Sonnen 289 Silva 29 Apparently I'm not the only fool who thinks Sonnen outboxed Silva: Check this headline from MMA Convert: ...................................................................................................................... So you've posted to advise us that you and the people at MMA convert are all fools, we only needed one of your comments for verification, and I always susspected that about the people at MMA convert
  40. fatbellyfrank Says:

    Sat, 08/21/10 - 12:36


    @ Dung Fu Master, Forest may be a slow slow white boy, but at least he's not a delusional shit talkin wannabe politician/real estate agent who still fucken lost
  41. Dung Fu Master Says:

    Sat, 08/21/10 - 11:53


    @fatbelly...Let's see...Chael delivered more strikes while they were on their feet and floored Silva twice. How much more evidence do you need?
  42. fatbellyfrank Says:

    Sat, 08/21/10 - 03:40


    @ Dung fu The belt round his waist, that would be fine
  43. Dung Fu Master Says:

    Sat, 08/21/10 - 09:21


    @fatbelly...I said he outboxed him, not that he won the fight. As you know, Silva won via submission - it damn sure wasn't due to any boxing strike. BTW, I like Griffin. He is a courageous fighter and he's funny as hell. However, if he's a slow white boy, he'd better adapt or leave the Silva matches to fast white men like Sonnen.
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