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Old 09-06-2008, 01:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Forrest Griffin Wants Chuck Liddell Next

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ATLANTA -- At least one prominent spectator will have a vested interest in the main event bout pairing Chuck Liddell with Rashad Evans at UFC 88 “Breakthrough” on Saturday at Philips Arena. Forrest Griffin (Pictures) believes the winner could be next in line for a shot at his light heavyweight championship.

“I think we’ll know Sunday [who I’ll defend the title against],” Griffin said.

A prohibitive favorite against the unbeaten Evans, Liddell looked rejuvenated in his rousing unanimous decision victory over Brazilian legend Wanderlei Silva (Pictures) in December and appears fully recovered from a hamstring injury that kept him sidelined for much of 2008. A high-profile bout between Griffin and Liddell, provided he defeats Evans, would likely draw enormous interest from the buying public.

“Everybody at this level is really good, but so many guys don’t have huge names,” Griffin said. “For me, it’s easier to get up for a huge fight like that. In a fight like that, I’d go out and do the best I can, and if I lose, oh well. I don’t want to say I want Chuck to win, but it would probably be better for me if he did. OK, I want Chuck Liddell to win. There, I said it. I’m a fan, too.”

Griffin (16-4) legitimized his standing as one of the world’s best at 205 pounds in July when he upset Quinton “Rampage” Jackson -- the only man to topple Liddell twice -- by unanimous decision at UFC 86 and captured the promotion’s light heavyweight crown.

“I realized at that point things were never going to get better for me; that was really the apex of my life,” Griffin said, tongue planted firmly in cheek. “It feels good to win fights. Losing feels so bad; that’s why I want to win.”

Based out of Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas, Griffin has reeled off three straight victories -- a rear naked choke submission against Brazilian superstar Mauricio “Shogun” Rua included -- since his TKO loss to Keith Jardine (Pictures) in December 2006. While Griffin wants to atone for his loss to Jardine at some point, the stars have not yet aligned for the rematch. Jardine lasted just 36 seconds against Silva in May, interrupting his climb up the light heavyweight ladder.

“He’s not doing so well right now, but in a few years, our roles could be reversed,” Griffin said. “Things change quickly in this sport.”

Perched atop the UFC’s deepest division, Griffin has a long list of potential challengers through which to navigate. Aside from an eventual match with Liddell, Griffin might also have to contend with the undefeated Lyoto Machida (Pictures) or Team Quest juggernaut Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (Pictures) in the near future. Rematches with Jackson and Rua remain possibilities, as well.

“There’s no shortage of work,” Griffin said.

Whispers have also begun to surface about an eventual showdown with reigning middleweight king Anderson Silva (Pictures), who seems more than willing to bounce between two weight classes.

“I’d fight him,” Griffin said. “I can’t possibly do any worse than the guys he’s been fighting. I’d last more than two minutes with him.”
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Old 09-06-2008, 01:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think he thinks he'd be an easier opponent for him or sumthing

It'd definetly be an amazing fight
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Not a good matchup for Forrest at all. Forrest likes a good scrap but is not a hard puncher. In a five round fight there is a very good chance that Chuck would land his secret super punch knocking out Griffeth
None of Forrest's recent fights have been good match-up's for him, but he always seems to prove everyone wrong. I'll never doubt Forrest again in any fight again.

Forrest does get rocked pretty easy, but he recovers extremely fast. If Forrest can use the size advantage and keep Liddell at bay, I think Forrest can win this fight.
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Forrest would beat Chuck pretty easily in my mind. And Forrests chin is really underrated.
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If Forrest brings a really good gameplan like he did against Shogun and Page, I wouldn't be surprised if he upsets Lidell.

The only problem is that Lidell is a better striker than Griffin. Forrest will have a hard time taking Chuck down, if he gets sucked into a brawl with Lidell, it could mean a nap for Forrest.

The more that I think about it, the more excited I am too see this fight.
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don't understand how anyone can think anyfight would be won "easily" with two guys as high up in rankings as liddell and forrest is beyond me
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Very true, I would give Chuck the edge but will never count Forrest out of any fight. This is not an easy fight for either of them.

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Yeah i think Forrest could probably beat chuck, but could also get KOd too. I hope Forrest UDs his ass, Forrest doesnt do KOs he does UDs .
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If Forrest brings a really good gameplan like he did against Shogun and Page, I wouldn't be surprised if he upsets Lidell.

The only problem is that Lidell is a better striker than Griffin. Forrest will have a hard time taking Chuck down, if he gets sucked into a brawl with Lidell, it could mean a nap for Forrest.

The more that I think about it, the more excited I am too see this fight.
all Forrest would have to do is copy Jardins gameplan and their ya go, a victory. We already know Forrest has great leg kicks, which seems to be one of Chucks weaknesses.
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