UFC 101 Preview: Forrest Griffin Handicaps Anderson Silva

Forrest Griffin talks to Dave Meltzer about his strategy for Anderson Silva:

"I think what you can’t do is be a big, slow guy that follows him around and be too aggressive about trying to attack him," said Griffin. "He’s still a great counter-fighter, and that’s why his last fight wasn’t so exciting, because he’s a tough guy to attack. But you’ve got to come in smart and just try to land punches, not big ones, little ones. Just laying out something, you know, just make contact and stay as loose and relaxed as he does."

He sees this as a completely different fight than his loss to Evans.

"With Anderson, it’s the reach," he said. "You’re worried about the incredible length with both his feet and arms. With Rashad, it was the explosiveness, inside power. So it’s obviously a different game plan."

Forrest has shown that he is the most dangerous underdog in MMA. He's also shown that he can execute a smart game plan.  Very few gave him much of a chance against Shogun Rua or Rampage Jackson. Here we are again, sending the first Ultimate Fighter champion into the Octagon against a prohibitive favorite.

We'll find out tonight.

UFC 101
-- photo via Sherdog.com
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