Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Forrest Griffin vs Anderson Silva

The rumors are true. Forrest Griffin will face Anderson Silva at UFC 101. As usual, when Dana White and the UFC are backed into a corner, they come out firing. The negative publicity following Silva's lackluster victory over Thales Leites definitely forced their hand. They needed to get Silva back into the cage and against a talented opponent. Griffin is a perfect choice. His fights are almost always entertaining and he's popular enough to sell the match-up to a large audience, something Silva has not been able to do yet.

The biggest winner in all of this is probably BJ Penn. With Griffin/Silva on the card, UFC 101 becomes a major PPV. He'll make quite a lot more off of PPV buys than he would have with Griffin fighting Thiago Silva. Penn seems pretty smart now for passing on UFC 99 (destined to tank at the box office).

From a style standpoint, I can see arguments for Griffin or Silva having the advantage. Griffin is a big Light Heavyweight. As St-Pierre/Penn II showed, size (and Vaseline) matters. It's difficult to imagine Silva being able to use much clinch work without Griffin tackling the hell out of him. On the pro-Silva side, you have Griffin's ability to get hit in the face by just about everyone he fights. He always reminds me of Rocky Balboa the first time he faces Apollo Creed. It's like he's purposely leaving his head out there to get hit. Do that against Silva and this thing won't last long.

12 comments:

Mars said...

Dude, you just can't get over the vaseline stuff... go see a shrink.

rollover said...

Griffin is to slow for Silva's kicks. His leading leg will be hurt in round two.

Anonymous said...

Why would Forrest take this fight? Regardless of the outcome, he can't win. If he beats Silva, it can't do much to put him back in title contention and if he loses, he falls in the rankings.

chappyd said...

what?

if he beats silva it puts him as the number one contender easily. silva/fedor/gsp are the unbeatables right now and beating them is a major thing.

griffin would have wins over rampage, shogun, and silva. put that against anyone else in the last three years. you wont find better.

Anonymous said...

A win over Silva at LH means nothing. Silva isn't a LH so you can't judge Forrest based on fighting someone who doesn't naturally fight in that weight class.

chappyd said...

nothing?

ok dude.

chappyd said...

if sylvia beat couture at hw it wouldnt have mattered?

st pierres win over penn is meaningless?

Anonymous said...

The difference is that GSP had defeated everyone there was to defeat. Forrest needs to redeem himself against competition who have proven themselves in that division. If Forrest beats a guy who doesn't typically fight in that weightclass, does that catapult him into #1 / #2 status? If he beat Shogun or even Chuck or Rich Franklin, he'd be #1 or #2 contender.

chappyd said...

he beat shogun, chuck is dead, franklin is less of a lhw than silva.

good thinking!

Anonymous said...

I can't fathom how anyone scoring a victory over Anderson Silva at this point in his career could be meaningless. He's widely recognized as the best fighter in the entire world! I know Fedor holds this distinction in many people's minds but Anderson has proved that he is, beating Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin alone makes him the best currently active fighter. If Forrest beats Anderson he will become the hottest commodity in The UFC, he will be the most marketable fighter in the business and he will get an immediate title shot.

Anonymous said...

Forrest is already popular. Beating Silva would put him into Chuck territory.

Chris said...

" Anonymous said...
I can't fathom how anyone scoring a victory over Anderson Silva at this point in his career could be meaningless. He's widely recognized as the best fighter in the entire world! I know Fedor holds this distinction in many people's minds but Anderson has proved that he is, beating Dan Henderson and Rich Franklin alone makes him the best currently active fighter. If Forrest beats Anderson he will become the hottest commodity in The UFC, he will be the most marketable fighter in the business and he will get an immediate title shot."

Yay fanboyism!!