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Whats Next For Forrest Griffin?

UFC 101 Mixed Martial ArtsForrest Griffin. The fighter every fan has grown to love had a bump in the road Saturday as he was knocked silly by Anderson Silva at UFC 101. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. The membership numbers for the “I got knocked Stupid by Anderson Silva” is growing by the month and fees are minimal – one right hand to the mouth. But Griffin is at a crossroads. He has gone from TUF 1 champion to UFC champion and is now the proud owner of back to back knock out losses. The UFC needs to be cautious who they throw him in with next. He is one of their most recognizable faces inside and outside of the cage and helped the sport in so many ways. Here is who should be next in line to face Griffin and why it would work.

1. The Loser of Thiago Silva and Keith Jardine

Why it works: He has already fought and lost to Jardine and the “Dean of Mean” is often inconsistent. The UFC could bill this one as a pivotal rematch while they both work their way up the ladder. Silva would be less interesting since he doesn’t posses the same skill set of Griffin’s last 4 opponents, but has name value which would give Griffin a significant win.

2. The winner of Krzysztof Soszynski vs. Brandon Vera

Why it works: Both Soszynski and Vera are ‘known’ in the UFC by the largest demographic – the casual fan. Vera is trying to climb back into title contention, while Soszynski has won 3 in row and a win over Vera would warrant a shot at the former champ. A quick glance at the rankings we see that these two are both below Jardine and Silva which gives Griffin a better shot at a comeback win.

3. Luis Cane

Why it works: I’m not convinced it does. Cane has no scheduled opponent on the horizon, but his methodical style likely matches up well against the aggressive Griffin. And Cane has little to no name value at this point, and as good as he is, that’s likely why no one wants to fight him.

houston4. Houston Alexander

Why it works: It should be a sure win for Forrest. Right? Well, maybe not. Houston has struggled as of late losing 3 in a row. But Alexander is a face that most casual UFC fans recognize and does have knock out power (and His Own Action Figure if you can believe it) You never know what would happen, but this would be an easy sell and an easy win for Griffin.

Whatever the UFC decides to do with their TUF 1 winner, they most plan carefully. He doesn’t need another loss and the UFC certainly doesn’t need one of their marquee names knocked out again.

Whatever they decide there are plenty of good fights for left for Griffin at 205 lbs. And we all know we will see him back fighting his heart out.

That’s why we love him. See you soon Forrest.

13 COMMENTS
  • PRESTON LEWIS says:

    tito ortiz does not need to fight anymore, he sucks

  • PRESTON LEWIS says:

    Forrest needs to fight Micheal Bisping or Dan Henderson

  • Shane Armstrong says:

    Excellent points Mr. Finch, I too agree Forrest is a fan favorite and def a household name in NC especially amongst the law enforcement community. As a fan of Griffin I would hate to see another loss however thats part of the sport… With that being said I would like to see another matchup with Keith Jardine since I really think Forrest had his number in their last fight before Jardine landed that huge blow to the cheek while Forrest was attempting to get into full guard… As far as Tito goes I think that would be a useless match since in all regards I feel Forrest won both of those fights although the judges had other feelings… Anyways just wanted to chime in

  • Andrew says:

    I agree! CHUCK LIDDELL!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ron says:

    Hopefully it will be Jardine, He needs to avenge his loss to him anyways, yeah and maybe Tito too!

  • Brian says:

    I say Tito Ortiz rematch is the best choice.

  • chedda says:

    what about Tito Ortiz?

  • kris says:

    man soko got cut from the UFC after his loss to Luis Cane. He wont be back till he can string together a few decent wins. I doubt Jan Norte will do it, lol
    Forrest vs. Chuck dont make sense bec chuck said he will not fight until at least april 2010 if he decides not to retire.
    The only thing that makes sense for him right now is the winner/loser of either jardine vs silva, or Krystoff/Vera

  • Ralph says:

    Soko? He might be ok. Where is he with his UFC contract? I thought they may have cut him.

  • Aaron says:

    Nice choices…but you’re forgetting the OBVIOUS and actual answer.

    CHUCK LIDDELL!

    youll see…youll all see

  • big jake nocka says:

    soko has a fight coming up…………..in a different org…………..bc he got cut a long ass time ago from the ufc.

  • Cole says:

    I say he should fight SOKODJOUI!! It would be a big win for Forrest and wouldn’t set back Sokodjoui too much. Does he have a fight coming up??

  • Rocko says:

    I say the loser of Jardine – Silva. You can’t have him fight anyone with less of a name then them and if he cant beat them it should be bye bye.

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