Forrest Griffin (Sort of) Talks Loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 101

Mma_forrest_griffin1_576_mediumHe's a happy go lucky fellow, isn't he? To wit:

"I have no idea [what happened,]" Griffin said. "I was on ‘ludes. I don’t remember. What happened?"

Griffin added that he saw no need to address media after. "Anytime I lose a fight, that’s what I’m doing from now on….there’s nothing to say. It’s not about talking. I thought this was a fighting sport…it just gets old, people putting hopes and dreams on you, telling you they put money on you, ‘You’re my kid’s idol.’ I don’t want to hear that sh-t. Get Tom Brady on your kid’s wall."

Telling any fighter you put money on him and trying to road-map a guilt trip is as lame as it gets, but there’s really no stopping kids from idolizing grown men who excel in sports. Athletes can resist it as much as they like, but unless Griffin would like to personally shove each juvenile fan of his into a mud puddle, he’s better off rolling with it.

There's nothing to say unless you win? Please. If he wants to go mute whenever he loses a bout, that's his choice, of course, and we all have to respect it. But it's also Grade A curmudgeonly resistence. The reality is there is often more to talk about in a loss and the two participants in the actual contest being discussed often have the best perspectives.

I sympathize with fighters trying to find ways to cope with damaging or embarrassing losses. I further extend my sympathies to them given how probing and unthinking fans can be in the emotionally precarious moments after a defeat. But you cannot shrug off or pretend the issues that arise post-fight don't exist. They do and inquiring minds want to know. It's how clarity is achieved, how fans receive their information and what helps to keep the MMA engine churning.

We live in a world where people ask questions when they are looking for information. Some portion of that may be annoying or redundant, but it's a worthwhile effort no matter what the misanthrope inside us may say.

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