It’s fair to say that ex-UFC light-heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin didn’t cope with his humbling defeat to Anderson Silva last year very well.
After regaining his senses in the octagon following the first round beating Griffin ran out of the arena and promptly vanished for well over a month. When he finally resurfaced it quickly became apparent that he was still ill at ease with the nature of the loss, avoiding questions about it or bemoaning the fact that people were always asking him to re-live it.
Thankfully, over a year later it seems that the 31 year-old has finally gotten over the loss and just a few days he was in fine form as he spoke about that fateful night at UFC 101 on the Jason Ellis Show.
“I was very confused. I tried to punch him and he literally moved his head out of the way and looked at me like I was stupid for doing it,” Griffin recalls with a laugh. “He looked at me like, ‘why would you do such a stupid thing?’ He looked at me like, ‘oh, did you really think you were going to hit me? What a stupid thing to think you slow, slow white boy!’ Then I felt embarrassed for even trying to punch him. I felt like some kid trying to wrestle with his dad!”
Funny stuff, and really this is the kind of self-deprecating humor that helped make him a fan favorite in the first place. To be honest I think it was an error of judgment on his part to not do so earlier with this situation as he’s turned off a few fans with his sullen attitude about it over the last 12 months.
Better late than never though. The worry now for Griffin is that there is some talk that he could be next in line for up and coming 205lb star Jon ‘Bones Jones, who like Silva has a habit of making good fighters look really bad. Apparently that’s not a fact that’s escaped Griffin’s attention.
“I hope I’m not fighting Jon ‘Bones Jones,” he admits. “I mean I might be. F*ck it, if I am I’ll do it, but I’m not even training right now. That’s a bad dude. That dude would whoop my ass! F*ck it, it couldn’t be worse than Anderson Silva.”
Griffin is currently promoting his new book, Be Ready When the Sh*t Goes Down: A Survival Guide to the Apocalypse which is in stores now. He’s expected to return to the octagon before the end of the year.
Listen to the excerpt from Griffin’s interview below.