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Forrest Griffin: ‘What’s the Worst That Could Happen?’

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Like James Irvin and Patrick Cote before him, Forrest Griffin is pretty sure he knows what Anderson Silva‘s past opponents have been doing wrong, and doesn’t plan on making the same mistakes when he takes on the Spider in August. As Griffin told MMA Mania:

I just don’t think anyone has actually tried to fight him up to their ability. Irvin went in and charged him, Leben went in and charged him. He’s a southpaw counter-striker … it’s not like I’m going to go jump his shit. If you rush into that guy you’re rushing into a knockout. So I’m going to fight the guy, I’ll hit him, and not get too frustrated when I miss. Because he makes you miss and then he makes you pay for it.
He’s made a lot of guys feel stupid. It’s when guys get hit, and then they can’t hit him back; they just look hopeless … like they almost want the fight to be over…

I will come up with a game plan. I need to score some takedowns while avoiding any guillotines. Silva has got those long limbs…Also, his quickness and the unexpectedness of his style are on my mind. I have never fought a southpaw that I struck with before. I don’t like the idea of fighting a southpaw, it’s weird. And his clinch work, he is just so relaxed when doing it. Other than that I’m not too worried about the fight; it’s only going to be 15 minutes so what’s the worst that can happen?

Well, for the fans, the worst that could happen is if Griffin plays it safe, Silva spends all three rounds waiting to counter-attack, nothing happens during the fight, and Silva loses the last of his flagging popularity. For Forrest Griffin, the worst that could happen is if Anderson Silva — inspired by his first worthy opponent since Dan Henderson — beats him into a coma that he never emerges from.

I think if I were Forrest, I’d try to focus on best-case scenarios here. As Fightlinker puts it, "Forrest on a good day can beat any fighter that’s having a bad day…he seems to be turning into a mini Randy Couture as far as upsets go, so who knows?" Trying to out-wrestle Silva is a good start — though as Hendo found out, that strategy will only get you so far.

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mthomas- January 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm
Wow, reading Forrest's statement now, it seems oddly prophetic...
Anonymous- May 7, 2009 at 11:35 pm
forrest can win he smart and know wat he doin in the ring silva is amazing striker i will give everbody that but come on foreest will think it through and find a way to win forrest all the way ahaha be funny if he knocks silva out upset of the decade
Anonymous- May 5, 2009 at 3:58 am

are you kidding? 'his preference to not lose instead of win'? what fights have you been watching? were you talking about anderson silva or tim sylvia circa 2006? because regardless of what you think about his performance since he's been in the ufc(which includes 2 submissions, 5 (t)ko's, and not going passed the second round in 7 fights, not to mention the fact that he's undefeated in 9 fights in the worlds greatest mma corporation) A.silva has been destroying people since he burst onto the scene.
you're talking about a guy who was handpicked by chute boxe for his brutal and aggressive style, and was trained to fight with skill by learning his Bjj from two brothers who are world renowned in the sport. do some actual research and watch any of anderson silvas fights pre-ufc and try to tell me that this is a guy who doesn't push a fight.
it really shows how little some people actually know about the sport you see people actually writing things like that. so what you're saying if i understand you correctly is that because he has not knocked anyone out in two fights that he is suddenly not a great fighter? so did you feel this same way when he destroyed franklin both times? or how about when he walked through leben, marquart and lutter? and i guess you weren't impressed when he became third fighter to ever submit hendo? and just so we're clear 'fighting to not lose' that was what he was doing when he knocked james irvin out right? fighting not to lose?
you lack appreciation for a man who has brought enormous amounts of entertainment into this sport. its fighters like him that are the reason why bars show fights, and venues put on fighting events because he makes it worth seeing.
Da Truth- May 1, 2009 at 5:57 pm
If anyone can step thru all the hype and just FIGHT Anderson its Forrest....
Its gunna be one kick ass match.... I See Forrest by Ground n Pound in Round 3
SCM- May 1, 2009 at 1:06 pm
Anderson will win. It will be tough, but he will win.
Terjay- May 1, 2009 at 1:43 am
This will be a great and even matchup.
the glza- April 30, 2009 at 9:20 pm
yeah the only way i would compare chuck and anderson is in the fear they strike in other fighters. but while chuck was a vicious ko machine, anderson is more of a technical marvel. anderson is my p4p pick, and i think it'll be competitive, but i just feel forrest will overwhelm him in the end with tenacity and endurance. this is the most interesting matchup i've seen in a long time (on paper, at least).
smashfacekillah- April 30, 2009 at 9:16 pm
Its clear that if Silva can win this fight he deserves a LHW title fight. Fuck, BJ gto a WW title shot. I think alot of people are dissapointed with the lack of talent in the MW division, and ther is no shortness of talent in the LHW division. If he had the opportunity to hold two titles then we would see some fuckin fire works. I do on the other hand think that Forrest has an excellent chane to beat Silva. We will see if he has any buisness in the LHW division.
Anonymous- April 30, 2009 at 8:23 pm
wow why is Anderson so unliked....and HOW just HOW can you compare Anderson to Liddel...hahaha
canadianeh- April 30, 2009 at 8:13 pm
Although his technique is much better, Anderson Silva's counter-striking could be comparable to Liddel's... Once Liddel was figured out, he was done. Maybe Forest can do this to the Spider
the glza- April 30, 2009 at 7:11 pm
not that i think silva is overrated, it's just that forrest is too good a light heavy to be hurt by silva.

he's gonna get tagged, he's gonna take damage, but he can withstand damage like no one else and still be effective. silva isn't gonna gas, but he'll wear down easier than a rampage, i'd bet.

he'll wrestle silva down -- god i don't want to see a lay-and-pray situation -- and then he'll work the gnp until he pulls an submission.

i say forrest, late round 2 armbar or von flue.
Poo Flinger- April 30, 2009 at 6:55 pm
Forest will do his job in this fight, which is to say he will go after Silva and make the fight more exciting. And the last time I checked, that is just as good as putting your head on a silver platter and just handing it to Silva.
the glza- April 30, 2009 at 6:28 pm
forrest is gonna win that fight, no doubt about it.
JPFighter- April 30, 2009 at 6:06 pm
Please Forrest, beat this goofball. I am so tired of Anderson Silva, his in-ring cocky antics, his BS verbal translations (pre and post match), his couldn't-care-less attitude, his preference to "not lose" instead of "win", his so-called definition of a "perfect fight" that results in a snoozefest, his gay little shimmy motions in his post fight celebrations, etc, etc. There should be a system in the UFC (like Pride) that deducts money from a fighters purse for non-activity and non-engagement. Or, Dana should write into their contracts that he has the discretion to denie a portion of a figthers purse for this type of activity. Then it forces the fighters to put their ass on the line. Maybe Silva doesn't care what the fans think, but maybe he would start to care if it was costing him financially. Go Forrest.
Anonymiss- April 30, 2009 at 5:21 pm
Silly Forest Nut Hugger's ....Keep huggin cause those nuts are gonna get dropped to the mat, and you dont wanna Fall off the Forest nuthugging Train. that just might hurt your Feelings.
ihatejardinealot_andBJPENN- April 30, 2009 at 4:52 pm
forrest will beat him.
Dmonicideals- April 30, 2009 at 4:47 pm
I'm inclined to concur with band23.
guru- April 30, 2009 at 4:19 pm
all you anderson silva haters are way off base, that includes you cage potato. "flagging popularity", he is clearly the best professional fighter in the world, it's not his fault that the majority of mma "fans" don't really want to see mixed martial arts, what they want is a street fight. mma is a sport and there are many ways to win a fight. In 7 of 9 ufc fights anderson silva has won by either ko, tko, or submission. the cote fight could have been 8, no one will ever know for sure but in my oppinion it was headed that way. thales was scared as hell and wanted no part of that fight once he realized he couldn't keep anderson on the ground. anderson silva is going to destroy an aggressive forrest griffin and continue his dominance in the ufc.
armfarmer- April 30, 2009 at 4:14 pm
I also agree, silva hits hard as shit. He isn't some big meathead but you can tell he hits hard when you see how all of those guys react to it. The only one that could take his shots was Cote, that guys got a chin.
armfarmer- April 30, 2009 at 4:12 pm
Talk about feeding the trolls..

Forrest is a great fighter I give him credit.. but Anderson is just unreal. He just got taken down into half gaurd by a world class jiu jitsu guy with tons of time left and absolutely nothing happened except him escaping. He also submitted Travis Lutter, a bjj world champion, from his back. He gnp'd Marquardt, he choked out Henderson, he out brawled Leben without taking a hit, he manhandled Franklin in the clinch where Rich thought he'd have the advantage... I guess you guys are hard to please but that's enough for me. He gets bored fighting 2 scrubs everyone knows don't belong in the ring with him and everyone thinks he's overrated. I'll be betting on Silva.
babcock- April 30, 2009 at 4:03 pm
Dont think silva hits as hard as Rampage? ask chris leben, who by the way is only semi succesful because he has id say, besides maybe mark hunt the best fucking chin in the game and he looked stupid against silva, ask james irvin, as nate marquardt. Silva does what he has to to win, if u think forrest will win by decision i think you are crazy. The only way he has half a chance in hell is if he unexpectedly pulls a funky sub out of his ass via Chonan. Silva will dominate, Forrest will not be able to hit him. And he wont be able to take him down. The only reason Lutter was able to get a take down was Silva had a bum knee that fight that he later had surgery on to repair. If u notice he couldnt even sprawl that fight but has no problem sprawling in any of his fights since then. Silva will win via Roy jones jr hand behind the back jump hook KO BIATCH. The shit he does in the cage is absolutely mind blowing. We'll see how far forrests game plan with his leg kicks gets him and silvas quick ass catches it and clocks him in the chin. Forest is gon look dumb yo!
HOPE MIR BREAKS LESNARS LEG- April 30, 2009 at 3:51 pm
I demand a CAPS LOCK HAL post
Bill C.- April 30, 2009 at 3:47 pm
Forrest is going to win. He's not going to finish Silva, but Forrest will win a UD.
rish1050- April 30, 2009 at 3:27 pm
Forest Doen't have the best chin? Im sorry but Im confused Have you never seen him fight. Ya he's been caught but who hasn't besides Silva. That guy is a FREAKING GOD!! I say Forest will win the fight as long as he brings his A game.
videodrome NOW- April 30, 2009 at 3:12 pm
@ jay smith

right on, motha fucka!