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Forrest Griffin Out for Most of ’09 With Hand Injury


(Not his finest moment. Photo courtesy of UFC.com.)

Following UFC 92, deposed light-heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin received a medical suspension for a left hand injury, blocking him from competition until late June unless the hand was cleared by an orthopedic doctor. But according to The Sun, the situation has become a little more serious:

[Griffin] broke his fist during his unsuccessful title defence against Rashad Evans last month and has since had pins inserted into his hand to help the healing process. Griffin was originally set to be out of action until May but industry insiders told SunSport he will not be back inside the Octagon until Autumn at the earliest.

Tough break. But on the bright side, this makes a championship bout between Evans and Quinton Jackson even more likely. Though Rampage originally said he wanted to avenge his UFC 86 loss to Griffin before taking another shot at the title, he has since changed his mind, and it’s highly unlikely that he’d want to wait 9+ months for Griffin to heal up anyway. But who knows, maybe Lyoto Machida can pull off some insane finish against Thiago Silva at UFC 94 and convince Dana White than his 14-fight win streak is more title-shot-worthy than Jackson’s one-fight win streak. Unfortunately, Machida will likely be passed over again if he picks up another decision win.

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f.g. girl- February 2, 2009 at 6:30 am
i think that forrest is a great fighter and he is my favorite fighter in UFC.
yeah... rashad pretty much won this fight but forrest is why a lot of people
watch UFC in the first place. forrest is an entertainer! HE NEVER GIVES UP! if you watched this fight rashad got rocked by that kick that forrest gave him and if you also watched after the fight you can see rashad's BITCH ASS with his leg wrapped in ice and limping. WHAT A BITCH! forrest broke his arm and still fights with that broken arm. so rashad... GET THE FUCK OVER IT!!!! and forrest get well soon and he's gonna come out swinging in autumn!!!! WATCH OUT!
I LOVE FORREST GRIFFIN BITCHES
MthrFknFrstGrfn- January 17, 2009 at 11:14 am
i agree he does desrve it but i think the reason why is that his style is to boring to the fans that the ufc is picking up and they would rather watch more exciting fighters like quinton and rashad with there knock out power but i think machida is a good fighter
better than you- January 14, 2009 at 2:09 pm
Yeah evans won due to forest being hurt it ahd nothing to do with him hes a CRAP and anyone who likes him is CRAP ALL OF YOU EAT SHIT AND DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Rampage GO TO JAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Evans GO TO HELL
Kimbo GO NO WHERE
Bummer about Forrest's hand- January 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm
According to a video interview floating around, Forrest said he think he broke it sometime in the second round.
Anonymous- January 13, 2009 at 4:36 pm
it's "uncalled for" and "mere", you uneducated silly nig lover
Anonymous- January 13, 2009 at 1:32 pm
Good. One less boring fighter. He has no style, no personality, and no class. Guy sounds like an 8 year old when they interview him.
Anonymous- January 13, 2009 at 1:27 pm
That's a little un-called for. Please dig hard to show that mear molecule of class you have.
Anonymous- January 13, 2009 at 11:38 am
so that's why the silly nig won.
you fucking no- January 13, 2009 at 10:14 am
no one has seen machida in a five round fight yet it could be more intresting than people think.i think rampage should get first shot just because they can fight sooner.i dont give a fuck if people think machida is boring his style is good for mma the other mma fighters have to find weakness in his style and if they carnt then he is the champ give this guy a chance.u saw how tito nearly got a sub in round three maybe page can ko him in the later rounds i think fighters should fight fire with fire an try to be unorthodox like him.tito nearly got the sub cos machida didnt expect it.i never saw tito pull a sub before.i want to see the best vs best ufc have great fighters but shit match ups.silva needs to fight machida that would be the most intresting match up i think silva is one of few fighters who could show us what machida is really made of plus we need to see him in a five rounder.plus what you want machida to do step in to the pocket and get kod.its like chuck was killing people when they chased him but no one chases him no more and look whats happening.every one has weakness and you will get knocked out or subed if you stay in there two long.you will see one day when silva or machida gets kod.unless they retire before it happens.how can you look back in 5 years and say silva was a legend he has only beat two fighters worth mentioning franklin and hendo plus hendo won first round.if i was dana i would tell him he is in lhw division or you are packing yr bags this is a part of history we pay money as fans and we want to no who is the best thats why we call it competition.i mean whats the so called best pound for pound fighter in the ufc doing fighting patrick cote.dont laugh this is my money and yrs. dana is a bald fucking windowlicker on a power trip if i ever see him in england i will pelt a fucking rock in his face see if he can talk shit when hes looking for his teeth.you are bald cocksucker with a girls name and will die with out yr money you fucking mengi bastard
BuckWild- January 13, 2009 at 9:55 am
I don't know about the hate black people thing but I think Rashad's lack of professionalism in the ring (dillbag holdin) is one thing people don't like about him. That is why I would like to see his first defense be again Rampage because page would wipe that smile off his face for good.
VEe- January 13, 2009 at 9:50 am
^Billy Bad Ass,
it is very evident that you're probably not going to find maturity or respect on the internets. It is best to ignore the claims that Rashad, Rampage, Kimbo, Anthony Johnson, etc. are thugs because obviously those claims are irrefutable. After all, Rashad Evans must have thugged his way through college. Whatever. Ignore it.

I think it is a bit unfair to fault a fighter for not finishing a fight, because it really depends on two factors and that's the skills of the fighters in the ring. Pay attention to Machida's overall record against aggressive strikers.
Particularly:
Sokoudjou, Franklin and Bonnar

All of those fights ended decisively. That's why I think his fight against Thiago will not go the entire distance. Some one will fall before the final bell.
rokabee- January 13, 2009 at 9:46 am
Punch to the bicep! Works every time.
Billy Bad Ass- January 13, 2009 at 9:41 am
Seriously, the latent racists need to just come out and say, "Hey, I hate black people! Rashad and Rampage suck!" That's what a lot of you morons are basically driveling out. Get the fuck over it. Rashad is going to have at least one successful title defense. He's "explosive." He's "athletic." Flat out, to quote the funniest movie ever, Coming to America, "That boy good!"

The people on here saying 'Shad and 'Page have lack of charisma give Machida the belt... is there any other charisma-less fighter than Lyoto Machida? The dude has skills. It's nearly poetic watching him flutter around the ring not getting hit while occasionally drilling someone, but face it, until he starts FINISHING fights he's not going to sniff that belt.

I cannot wait for him and Thiago.

BuckWild- January 13, 2009 at 9:31 am
Page for the title shot! Thats a seat filler ! The two standup and bang styles would be a "Battle Royal" !

I would like to see Rampage grab his pillbag and honk it at Rashad then slam his arse hard ! Teach that kid some manners and a lil of the pimp game (or nut tweakin) while he's at it.
VEe- January 13, 2009 at 9:26 am
@Geriatric Peon,
You missed the point. I agree that it is always preferable to have a fight finish before the end of the last round.

Many people make arguments about certain fighters who are not able to finish fights, they tend to go to decision* . . . particularly Machida. It has to do with his style of fighting. When Machida fought very skilled aggressive strikers like Sokoudjou, Franklin and Bonnar the fight was not decided by the judges. I am just saying that their styles will cause the fight to end definitively.
I felt the need to clear that up.

*Not too many fighters were able to finish Tito decisively, not even Randy Couture.

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@ i_knew_it Says:
Ok, I guess Rashad Evans' skills had nothing to do with his victory that enable him to time and catch Forrest Griffin's powerful leg kicks? Like he timed Liddell's punches? Funny how Griffin did nothing short of give Evans his credit.

@Anon,
Yeah I doubt Evans to this day and think Liddell would probably defeat him in a rematch but that doesn't remove the facts or the numbers:
Rashad Evans: Season 2 HW winner:
Defeated Season 2 Team Liddell:
THE COACH . . . Chuck Liddell
- The Winner: Forrest Griffin
- The Runner-up: Stephan Bonnar
- and Sam Hogar

Yeah his record made it out of the Tito Ortiz fight unscathed but what does the guy have to prove at this point. The Liddell fight will probably be the highlight of his career. The only way that will be erased is if Liddell KO's him in return.

I'm just waiting for Evans to submit his next opponent via armbar or ankle lock, only to hear the detractors screaming how he was afraid to stand up against (insert opponent here).

Whatever man.
drew- January 13, 2009 at 9:09 am
since when did a fighter's record have anything to do with his shot at the belt in the UFC?


Evans first title defense will be against rampage, we all know it...

Manchida needs to drop a weight class and fight Silva
gameover- January 13, 2009 at 9:01 am
in that picture...forrest MONKEY griffin has a pretty bad reaction after eating a bad banana. i guess he didnt like it
terrence- January 13, 2009 at 8:55 am
OMG STFU....griffin sucks... thats why he lost
Douchebaggery- January 13, 2009 at 8:32 am
As much as I like Machida, I would rather see Rampage vs Rashad next. it just sounds better
The Doug- January 13, 2009 at 8:31 am
"Tough break."

I get it.
i_knew_it- January 13, 2009 at 8:24 am
I KNEW it!!! well we all kind of knew it....why did griffin all the sudden stop fighting when he was on the ground....why did rashad even win? Broken hand...griffins soo humble man, could have pulled the "my hand broke" when he was being interviewed after the loss but didnt, true champion man...my respect for him just went up, allot!

I knew he did something, he was rapping rashad the whole fight, till he was on the ground, and just laid there letting rashad do anything...theres no way he could have defended himself...
i hate- January 13, 2009 at 8:18 am
rashad evans
Eveboy420- January 13, 2009 at 8:16 am
Overall lack of charisma? I find it amazing how everyone else in the world hates him for his showboating(i.e.personality) and yet you say he has a lack of it huuh? I think Lyoto should get second cracks at the belt shouldn't the former champ get first shot once healthy again...Rampage, Man I so don't wanna see Lyoto fight again especially for a title how boring of a champ would he be!
better than you- January 13, 2009 at 8:14 am
Evnas needs to eat shit and DIE DIE DIE! hes no champion hes a chump

Rampgae should be in jail where he belongs with all the other thugs and scum trash
Anonymous- January 13, 2009 at 8:05 am
I wonder when Griffin broke his hand, was it when he fell or did he break it swinging? That would suck if the fight was affected in any way by this, because that would give people more reason to doubt Rashad, besides his shitty personailty and overall lack of charisma.
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