Anderson Silva Vs. Forrest Griffin - A Missed Opportunity

Sep 13 08:10 2011 Gen Wright Print This Article

The road has been a difficult one since the Anderson Silva Vs.

Forrest Griffin fight at UFC 101. The day was Aug. 8,Guest Posting 2009, and Griffin was coming off a TKO loss to fellow TUF competitor (The Ultimate Fighter). He was looking to reestablish himself as a Light Heavyweight superstar, and what better way to do it than a victory over Anderson "The Spider" Silva, the perceivably unbeatable UFC champion? Griffin's camp had prepared for five 5 minute rounds. As it turned out, they had overvalued their expectations. The reality fell way short of the 25 minute fight time. In fact, Griffin would barely make it three minutes before Silva would catch him with a punch that not only stopped him dead in his tracks, but also registered as the Knockout of the Night.

Griffin's breakdown after the knockout loss was a very memorable one as he left the ring in tears after speaking frankly and in no uncertain terms about what had happened to him. Two devastating losses in a row made it seem like a long way to fall for the one time Ultimate Fighter champion, who'd beaten Stephan Bonnar in a memorable slugfest at the finale of the first season for the popular reality TV show. Falling to 16-6, Griffin seemed to be on his way out. However, the next two fights would allow him to get back on the winning path as he scored impressive victories against Tito Ortiz and Rich Franklin, both of which went the distance.

With the shadow of the Anderson Silva Vs. Forrest Griffin fight still hanging over Griffin's head, he entered into UFC 134 on Aug. 27, 2011, with the goal of moving forward in his fight back to the top. Facing another international superstar with a stellar reputation, Mauricio Rua, Griffin was hoping to advance and perhaps land a rematch with Silva when disaster struck once again. At just 1:53 of round one, "Shogun" Rua would assault Griffin with strikes that would have him seeing stars in no time.

The loss was a grim reminder of what happened on that other August night two years ago. Since the Anderson Silva Vs. Forrest Griffin victory, Silva has survived one close call against Chael Sonnen, but the near-loss served as a wakeup call that would lead to his seeming rebirth as a dominant competitor. Silva followed his last minute submission victory over Sonnen with impressive knockouts of Vitor Belfort and Yushin Okami.

For the time being, it looks like Silva has used the post-Griffin time to solidify his dominance, while Griffin has struggled to remain relevant in the ranks of the UFC. Only time will tell what the future holds for both of these great competitors inside the Octagon. Perhaps we'll see an Anderson Silva Vs. Forrest Griffin rematch. That would be worth watching!

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