Anderson silva vs Forrest Griffen UFC 101

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POLL: Who take's it?
Griffen by decision 28% (21)
Griffen by Tko/Ko 7% (5)
Griffen by Submission 0% (0)
Silva by ko/tko 53% (40)
Silva by Decision 11% (8)
Silva by Submission 1% (1)
PunishmentFan
4/28/09 10:47:07PM
Who takes it? i think if forrest is gonna try those famous leg kicks he got another thing coming to him it wont be pretty either so i think anderson silva by tko round 2
bojangalz
4/29/09 12:10:26AM
I'm pretty suprised to see two headline quality events on this card. Usually when the UFC tries to break into a new market they throw the fams a bone with a strong headliner but soften up the rest of the card to take advantage of the fact that fans will pay no matter what the first time around.

kudos to ZUFFA for stepping up on this one.

That being said I'm not sure how this will go...Silva's going to win for sure. But Griffin is a slow starter, so it'll be interesting to see how this fight takes off. If Silva stays with the very strict counter-fighting only tactics this fight could take a while to get going. I also think the fact that Griffin typically needs to eat a few shots before he gets warmed up spells trouble for this fight.

Late TKO (4th or 5th) by most likely a decision for Anderson.
kopower
4/29/09 1:04:41AM
Remember Bo, this is only a 3 rounder. I'm also leaning towards a Decision for Silva
prozacnation1978
4/29/09 1:24:46AM
silva by ko but should be a great match
mentalcase
4/29/09 2:06:24AM
seem like UFC want to destroy there poster boy

like Pride destroyed sakuraba
Franklinfan47
4/29/09 10:21:51AM

Posted by PunishmentFan

Who takes it? i think if forrest is gonna try those famous leg kicks he got another thing coming to him it wont be pretty either so i think anderson silva by tko round 2



Agreed. Griffin has shown he can be knocked out in the past and Silva is a KO artist. Granted, he hasnt looked that way recently, but I think this is a fight he can really get motivated for after all the criticism and will give the fans a show this time around. Silva KO in the 2nd.
mkiv9secsupra
4/29/09 11:23:52AM
Honestly i see Griffin winning via UD. I think he can take SIlva down at will and smother him on the ground with minor GnP and staying in half guard. On the feet id give an advantage to Anderson(obviously) but Forrest is comfortable standing as well and can survive.

Also, if Forrest wins, does that qualify him for a shot at the LHW title?


WAR FORREST!!!!
mkiv9secsupra
4/29/09 11:25:21AM

Posted by Franklinfan47
Griffin has shown he can be knocked out in the past and Silva is a KO artist.



So were Rampage and Shogun.....didnt help them out much
Pookie
4/29/09 11:37:13AM

Posted by mkiv9secsupra


Posted by Franklinfan47
Griffin has shown he can be knocked out in the past and Silva is a KO artist.



So were Rampage and Shogun.....didnt help them out much



Anderson Silva isnt going to be coming off of a year lay-off + major injuries though
tepid55
4/29/09 11:54:07AM
I think Griffin will use his superior wrestling and underrated BJJ skills to take a decision.
Franklinfan47
4/29/09 1:05:17PM

Posted by mkiv9secsupra


Posted by Franklinfan47
Griffin has shown he can be knocked out in the past and Silva is a KO artist.



So were Rampage and Shogun.....didnt help them out much



Certainly helped Jardine and Rashad though.
cowcatcher
4/29/09 1:13:58PM
there are only 2 ways i can see this ending, ko by silva or decision by forrest and ive got to go with silva. the long layoff for forrest and silva getting a fire lit under his ass due to the recent criticism lead me to believe that forrest will be counting lights by the end of this one, but man joe silva did it again, i hadnt even considered this matchup.
Franklinfan47
4/29/09 3:31:02PM

Posted by mentalcase

seem like UFC want to destroy there poster boy

like Pride destroyed sakuraba



I don't really think this is the case. On the contrary, I think they want to see him do good, and the only way for him to ascend to the top once again is to face top competition.

You may be right about Pride, feeding Saku to Wanderlei three times did seem a bit cruel.
RhythmAndStyle
4/29/09 5:47:43PM
to be honest..i kinda see this goin down like the Silva/Franklin match..as i see Griffin throwin leg checks and Silva counterin with his..as both wont engage until their motor starts runnin..Griffin wont run,but thats what Silva wants..to strike from his range..i gotta go with Silva 2nd round tko...
NatedawgThaM
4/29/09 9:43:05PM
I still think Rampage beat Forrest but either way, Anderson is nothing like Rampage. I just don't see how Forrest could win this fight. I mean he's the better wrestler but he's not a excellent wrestler that will keep you down. Silva's the better striker and BJJ guy I think. At least Forrest will engage and try to win though which will make for another great Silva performance IMO.

I see this fight being an exciting stand up fight with Anderson controlling though and KOing him in the 2nd.
Fanboy 1988
4/29/09 10:00:53PM
Should be a fun fight, and a good test for Anderson at LHW.. I think the likely scenario is Anderson by KO late second or early third though, but Forrest is tough and has good wrestling, wouldn't be too shocked if was to grind out a decision.
cmill21
4/29/09 10:34:37PM
I'll take Forrest by UD. Silva has looked terrible against smaller guys, and Forrest is a huge 205, he will win this one for sure IMO.
BelXavier420
4/29/09 10:36:08PM
The level of competition in LHW compared to Middle weight is way too much for Silva. He is used to fighting people who can not even contend with him. The top 10 Light heavies will push each other to the limit in all their fights. Thus I see Griffin wearing Silva out and winning a split decision. Silva will obviously out strike him and win the first round but sometime in the 2nd Forrest will tie him up and the test of strength will be more then Anderson can handle. Forrest needs to grind him out and use his power to take it.
StorminYourman
4/29/09 11:58:49PM
I<3 this match up
I will drive 3 hours to philly to see it
Rooting for Forrest but Silva's quickness and tequnique will probaly be too much.
Siliva Rnd 3 KO
ravanunen
4/30/09 12:40:00AM
Great matchup, Griffin is a great deal more talented than Silva's recent opponents, and will have a size and strength advantage. I think it's pretty even, I am not too sure yet who I think will win, but I agree with most that it will either be Griffin by UD or Silva by 2r KO
Pookie
4/30/09 3:25:25AM
Griffin wins his fights usually by outworking his opponent each round and coming away with a decision. However he leaves openings defensively when he strikes.

Silva is a patient counter puncher that looks for openings before striking and only looks bad when fighters dont engage him.

Forrest is going to pressure, and hes going to get dropped by a straight right hand similar to the Irvin v. Silva & Evans v. Griffin fights. Anderson Silva looks his best when fighters come at him, and that is exactly what Griffin is going to do. Easy pick.
State_Champ
4/30/09 1:23:54PM
Thank you, UFC!!!
ufcfighter
4/30/09 7:23:58PM
Anderson's last two fights were reportedly snore-fests (for MMA), and I don't think any of Forrest's fights could be considered boring. Interesting decision, looking forward to Forrest beating the crap out of The Spider.
BEATDOWNS
5/2/09 9:53:59PM
I'm looking forward to this fight. I think anderson is bored at 185 and needs a challenge. Win or lose Forrest will come to fight for sure.
jawbreaker517
5/3/09 4:41:42PM
Two great kickboxers, two decent ground-fighters. Seems like a recipe for a good night. Silva is an ultra-talented stand-up specialist with technicality and power in all eight facits of his delivery. Although very impressive, I can't say that I've been too excited to see a Silva fight recently. His lackluster performances in his last two fights have really turned me off. He came into the UFC hungry, knocking everybody the f@#k out, and now it almost seems like its turned into boredom(even at the post-fight press conference). He doesn't seem too interested in doing anything at all besides show-boating anymore.
On the other hand, Griffin has always been an intense fighter who pushes the pace and always comes foward, even when getting his head punched in. We have seen him in grueling, drag out battles with the best in the business. Some were lost, some were won, but always intriguing.
Based on all the facts, Griffin will be the favorite in this beat-down. With his size and heart, Griffin will be Silva's toughest test yet in the octagon, due to Griffin's durability and determination. I think Forrest will take this fight via UD, almost the same way he beat Rampage.
the_01
5/4/09 11:16:15AM
I see this fight being below average, specially with the recent Anderson fighting style. If Anderson would comeback to his old way of fighting, I feel sorry for Forrest. Nevertheless, I think they could have brought Anderson a better challenge, Rampage would have been more exciting. I also think Anderson will get a title shot if Machida loses against Rashaad.
4u2nv
5/4/09 2:05:16PM
I think this fight is happening because its a gauranteed exciting performance from Silva since he will be pushed and its a definite step up from his last 205 opponent Irving.
inyaface69
5/5/09 5:27:00PM
I like this fight, it's not a make-or-break for either fighter's career but the victor will have a nice feather in their hat. I'm going to take Forrest if it goes to a decision but he's not knocking Silva out. The leg kicks will be a bad idea but hopefully he can dictate the pace of the fight and pull this one out.
mkiv9secsupra
5/5/09 7:36:07PM
If Forrest wins decisively I think it will solidified his spot as a legend of the sport. 4 Years ago if anyone had said that Forrest Griffin would beat the #1 lhw, Shogun Rua, then go on to defeat the next #1 lhw, Quinton Jackson, and become the LHW champion and THEN go on to defeat the #2 P4P fighter in the world, Anderson Silva, I'm sure everyone would have laughed. If Forrest can beat Silva then regain the lhw title, which he will, he will be one of the greatest fighters of this era of the sport.



Ps... to the TS..... how do you not know how to spell Forrest GRIFFIN when his name is posted everywhere?!
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