Frank Mir: "If I Had to Pick a Guy to Beat Anderson Silva, I’d Pick Forrest Griffin"

Says Mir in an interview with KRKO in Seattle (at 4:55 min mark):

"The one thing that maybe could be a wrench in (Anderson's) machine and his style, is that he is so great of a counter fighter. He’s so skilled with these movements. If I could pick a guy that could beat him, it’s a guy that could rough him up. Okay, fight ugly, fight mean, come forward. Are you gonna take a shot or two?"

"Yeah, but don’t ever take the pressure off this guy. You can’t play cat and mouse with him. I don’t think anyone in MMA could sit there and play kick for kick, punch for punch, and use footwork and head work and come out on the winning end against Anderson."

"So, if I did have to pick a guy, I would pick Forrest. He has a high work ethic, [he's a] bigger guy, very aggressive, very strong and well-rounded."

HT: sportsradiointerviews.com, Cagewriter.com, ufc.com

UFC 101

Michael DiSanto at UFC.com agrees:
PHYSICAL SIZE
Silva: 6’2 - 225 lbs
Griffin: 6’3 - 240 lbs

AGE
Silva: 34
Griffin: 30

EXPERIENCE
Silva: beyond the 61 seconds that the Irvin fight lasted, will be in uncharted waters.
Griffin: has fought his entire UFC career at light heavyweight.

CURRENT TREND
Silva: lackadaisical efforts against Thales Leites and Patrick Cote.
Griffin: responded to his first round technical knockout at the hands of Keith Jardine (now Rashad) with possibly the finest stretch of his professional career.

MOTIVATION
Silva: is losing focus and motivation at this point in his career.
Griffin: sees this fight as the opportunity of a lifetime.

THE PREDICTION
Griffin is going to fight the perfect fight, just like he did against Shogun and Rampage. He is going to shock the world.
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