There were two fights in UFC 92 that I was supremely confident in predicting: Jackson vs. Silva and Forrest vs. Evans. After watching the fights, however, I was wrong on one account -- Forrest, actually, should have won that fight: Rashad was performing to the most of his potential and Griffin was not.
The fight, stylistically speaking, went down almost exactly as I had imagined. Forrest would use his length to keep Evans at bay. Evans would use his speed to slip inside and deliver some power. This is exactly what happened, except for how effective Griffin was. Every time Evans went in, he had to wade through some serious offense, and when he was on the outside, he had to be continuously wary of that long jab and vicious leg kick. I wasn't expecting Griffin to be able to put up that much of a fight.
So, why did Griffin lose? HE GASSED! I'm not close to Forrest, so I can't make this claim with any immediate certainty, but Forrest is a pretty emotional guy. Rashad is dancing around doing nipple tweaks, grabbing his nuts and smiling while Griffin is taking deep breathes and looking rather somber, and frankly, a little tired. The Adrenaline Dump is something that has been talked about before. It is something that we, as fans, have all seen before -- one fighter comes in bouncing around the octagon, and by the second round looks like he's been hit with a tranquilizer dart. This is exactly what happened to Forrest. We saw, in the Rampage fight, forrest go to the ground and immediately display a vicious guard. With Evans we saw the laziest, sleepiest, most tired display of jiu jitsu I've ever seen from Griffin. And the signs were being displayed well before the fight went to the ground. At one point, Forrest had dazed Evans with a straight punch, he tried to pour it on but it looked tired, slow motion, like his muscles had nothing left to give. Evans made note of it by laughing and grabbing his crotch. That's when the fight was really over. Forrest was spent.
He actually looked a little lazy while walking to the Octagon. Now, more than ever, I believe that if Forrest could get his head straight, he would be the best 205er, by far!