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Forrest Griffin to Face Tito Ortiz at UFC 106

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Yahoo! Sports is reporting that former UFC light heavyweight champions Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz and Forrest Griffin will rematch at UFC 106 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Griffin will be replacing UFC Hall of Famer Mark “The Hammer” Coleman who was forced to pull out of the bout after suffering a tear in one of his medial collateral ligaments.

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UFC 101: Declaration Quick Results

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B.J. Penn def. Kenny Florian – Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Anderson Silva def. Forrest Griffin – KO (Punch)
Aaron Riley def. Shane Nelson – Decision (Unanimous)
Johny Hendricks def. Amir Sadollah – TKO (Punches)
Ricardo Almeida def. Kendall Grove – Decision (Unanimous)
Kurt Pellegrino def. Josh Neer – Decision (Unanimous)
John Howard def. Tamdan McCrory – Decision (Split)
Alessio Sakara def. Thales Leites – Decision (Split)
Matt Riddle def. an Cramer – Decision (Unanimous)
George Sotiropoulos def. George Roop – Submission (Kimura)
Jesse Lennox def. Danillo Villefort – TKO

All Fighters on Weight For UFC 101

The official weigh-in results for UFC 101: Declaration are in and all fighters successfully made weight in preparation for their bouts Saturday night at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The card will be headlined by a UFC lightweight title bout between champion B.J.Penn and Kenny Florian. The co-main event will feature UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva moving up to light heavyweight to take on former champ Forrest Griffin.

Main Card:

B.J. Penn (155 lbs) vs. Kenny Florian (155 lbs)
Anderson Silva (205 lbs) vs. Forrest Griffin (205 lbs)
Ricardo Almeida (185 lbs) vs. Kendall Grove (185.5 lbs)
Josh Neer (155.5 lbs) vs. Kurt Pellegrino (154.5 lbs)
Johny Hendricks (171 lbs) vs. Amir Sadollah (166.5 lbs)

Preliminary Bouts:

Aaron Riley (154 lbs) vs. Shane Nelson (156 lbs)
John Howard (169.5 lbs) vs. Tamdan McCrory (170 lbs)
Alessio Sakara (185.5 lbs) vs. Thales Leites (185 lbs)
Dan Cramer (169.5 lbs) vs. Matthew Riddle (170 lbs)
George Sotiropoulos (155 lbs) vs. George Roop (154 lbs)
Danillo VIllefort (170.25 lbs) vs. Jesse Lennox (171 lbs)

The Case for Forrest Griffin

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Based on most of the reading I’ve done over the past 24 hours, it seems that Forrest Griffin is the underdog going into his light heavyweight superfight against Anderson Silva this August in Philadelphia. It’s probably for good reason too. Silva has the edge on Griffin standing and on the ground.

This isn’t the first time that Griffin has been in this position before. He was essentially written off against both Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, but ended up knocking both of them down the 205 lb ladder. Will he able to do upset Silva as well? It’s possible:

This will be a seriously competitive fight, regardless of what people are saying.  Forrest isn’t an amazing technical striker, but he is very good at throwing in high volume and overwhelming his opponents with his relentless pace.  This is only a 3 round fight, and his style tends to do very well on score cards.  Anderson can’t just take his time getting into this fight, or he could find himself down a round or even two going into the third.

Forrest beat Shogun and Rampage when they were ranked number one in the world at light heavyweight.  People find reasons to diminish these wins, but it’s an exercise in futility.  You can do it to diminish almost anyone’s wins in a sport as unpredictable as MMA.  The bottom line is that before both of those fights, people asked the same exact question people are asking now: “How can Forrest win?”  I admit I was one of them, I thought that Rampage just had too much for Forrest, but it wasn’t the case.  Even if you believe Rampage won that fight, you still can’t deny that it was extremely close, and Forrest performed far better than most expected him to.  Saying Rampage performed badly unfairly diminishes the fact that guys don’t just perform in a vacuum, they perform based on what their opponents bring to the table.  It’s no accident that lots of guys have “off nights” when they fight Forrest Griffin.

I picked Forrest to beat Shogun last year for the fun of it. I honestly thought he was going to get destroyed. I did the same when he fought Rampage, but only because I knew that Jackson eats leg kicks at will in almost all of his fights. Strangely enough, I’m getting the urge to pick Forrest again. Silva’s last two performances against Cote and Leites, are probably the biggest reasons why. It’s obvious that Silva is starting to get bored in the cage since very few are willing to attack him and allow him to counter. Despite the best wishes of many fans, there’s no guarantee that Griffin is going to buck this trend.

Forrest isn’t a better overall fighter than Anderson, but he does sport two qualities that Silva has been severely lacking in recently - heart and the ability to stay on course with a strategy. If the guys at Xtreme Couture can develop a gameplan that Forrest can follow to perfection, Silva’s reign of terror over the UFC might be coming to an abrupt end via a shocking decision.

Fight Announcements: Griffin-Silva, Guillard-Tavares Set for UFC 101 & More

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin will make a long-awaited return to action at UFC 101, which could take place on August 8 in Portland, Oregon. Griffin ended up falling in his first light heavyweight title defense to Rashad Evans at UFC 92 and has been recovering from a broken hand ever since. Silva meanwhile, suffered his first professional loss when he was knocked out by Lyoto Machida at UFC 94 in January. [MMA Junkie]

Colorful “Ultimate Fighter” alumnus Melvin Guillard will fight for the first time in over a year at UFC 101. His opponent will likely be Brazilian grappler Thiago Tavares, who is coming off a decision win over Manny Gamburyan at UFC 94. Both fighters have reportedly agreed to the fight and bout agreements are expected to be sent out shortly. [MMA Weekly]

Another matchup pitting together notable UFC veterans has reportedly been added to The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale on June 20 as longtime veteran Chris Lytle will likely face off against Kevin Burns. Lytle recently fell to Marcus Davis in a “Fight of the Night” effort at UFC 93 in January while Burns suffered a highlight-reel knockout loss to Anthony Johnson in his last outing. [MMA Weekly]

UFC Undisputed 2009 Cover Revealed

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin will grace the worldwide cover of UFC 2009 Undisputed, which is due to be released in stores across North America on May 19. UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre will be featured on a special cover exclusive to residents of Canada.

Report: Griffin Could Miss Rest of Year With Hand Injury (Updated)

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Update: That didn’t take long. MMA Weekly got in touch with sources close to Griffin’s camp and the former “Ultimate Fighter” winner is recovering just fine from his recent surgery to repair his hand and his pinpointing a return for this summer.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin could reportedly miss the rest of the year due to a hand injury suffered in his recent loss to Rashad Evans at UFC 92 on December 27.

According to British tabloid magazine The Sun, Griffin recently had pins inserted into his hand and won’t be able to return to action until the fall at the earliest.

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Griffin Shelved After Suffering Broken Hand at UFC 92

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin will be sidelined indefinitely after suffering a broken left hand during his title loss to fellow “Ultimate Fighter” reality show winner Rashad Evans at UFC 92 this past weekend.

According to the official list of medical suspensions released by the Nevada State Athletic Commission late last night, Griffin could be suspended until June 27 unless he is cleared early by an orthopedic doctor. At the least, Griffin will be suspended until February 12 with no contact permitted until January 28 for precautionary reasons.

Joining Griffin in terms of injuries suffered at the event was Cage Rage veteran Mustapha Al-Turk, who suffered a broken nose in his brutal loss to Cheick Kongo as well as Dan Evensen (left knee injury), Reese Andy (broken orbital bone), and Brad Blackburn (broken nose, left arm numbness) The aforementioned fighters will also be serving the same suspension timeline as Griffin.

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Jackson, Silva Set for Different Paths in UFC’s Light Heavyweight Division

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A fourth fight between longtime rivals Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva will likely not be taking place anytime soon after Jackson avenged two prior losses against Silva by knocking out the former PRIDE middleweight title holder in one of the featured bouts at Saturday night’s UFC 92 event in Las Vegas.

UFC President Dana White shed some light concerning future fights for the two veterans at the post-fight press conference for UFC 92. According to White, Jackson could end up being the challenger in Rashad Evans’ first light heavyweight title defense at some point next year.

Jackson however, seems to be more interested in a rematch with Forrest Griffin, who defeated Jackson via an unanimous, albeit somewhat controversial, decision following their stints as opposing coaches on “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show in July.

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Evans, Mir Steal Belts at UFC 92

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Rashad Evans scored a third-round stoppage of fellow “Ultimate Fighter” winner Forrest Griffin to claim the UFC light heavyweight title while Frank Mir put on the best performance of his career in defeating Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to recapture a piece of the UFC heavyweight belt that he once owned at UFC 92.

Evans came into his showdown with Griffin as an extremely slight underdog and the first two rounds of the bout were just as close. Both fighters connected with a mix of punches and kicks with great frequency, but Griffin likely escaped the first ten minutes with an edge on the judge’s scorecards.

A combination of a slip and a grazing right hand from Evans caused Griffin to fall to the canvas at the start of the third round. Evans, a former collegiate wrestler at Michigan State University, pounced on Griffin and landed some punches until the champion was able to tighten things up on the ground.

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