UFC 134: Rio Results Recap - Forrest Griffin vs. Mauricio Rua

UFC® RIO Silva vs Okami at HSBC Arena on Saturday, August 27, 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Photos by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) via UFC.com

In the semi-main event of UFC 134: Rio, Mauricio Rua stopped Forrest Griffin with strikes in the first round. This was Shogun's first fight back after losing his Light Heavyweight title to Jon Jones in a lopsided defeat earlier this year. He now improves to 4-3 in the UFC, plus gains revenge for his 2007 upset loss to Griffin in Rua's UFC debut. Forrest was on a 2 fight win streak that he sees come to an end here.

Heading into the fight, the big questions surrounded Rua's health and Griffin's mental state, and neither looked perfect. Rua showed good striking, but still had some mobility problems stemming from his recent years of knee troubles. For Griffin, the fight was another uninspired affair where the former champion did not appear motivated or focused in any way. Forrest built his career out of passion and drive, and with those two elements gone, it's kind of hard to watch.

What was the high spot of this fight?

The end was swift and violent - exactly what you want from a Shogun fight.

Where do these guys go from here?

Despite any shortcomings in his performance, Shogun moves right back into the title hunt here. With Jones vs. Quinton Jackson set for next month, and Rashad Evans waiting in the wings, Rua likely needs one more fight before getting a chance at the belt. Best options would be a rematch with Rampage (if he loses to Jones) or a showdown with Strikeforce champion Dan Henderson, which would make a great fight for the Fox show.

For Forrest Griffin, I really don't know. He just doesn't have the fire, and so it's hard to say where he fits in. I don't want to see him in there with the next generation of fighters, but he's also already faced most of the big names in the division. He could move into a Rich Franklin role, but against who? He's a great personality for the sport who shouldn't leave it behind by any means, but having a reduced role in the cage is probably a good idea.

Watch it now, later, or never?

Now. It's short, full of emotion from the Brazilian crowd, and welcomes Shogun back to the top.

More BE coverage of UFC 134 in the full entry.

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Shogun Rua Proves He Can Still Be a Champion - Fraser Coffeen

The Biggest Winners and Losers on the Night - Matthew Roth

Anderson Silva Unmatched at Middleweight, Options Slim - Leland Roling

FightMetric Recap for Anderson Silva, Edson Barboza vs. Ross Pearson - Mike Fagan

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's Greatest Hits - Brent Brookhouse

Post-Fight Recap and Analysis - Mike Fagan

Anderson Silva vs. Yushin Okami Fight Video Highlights - ESPN

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Brendan Schaub Fight Video Highlights - ESPN

Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - UFC 134

Anderson Silva Wins Over Rio with Stoppage of Yushin Okami - Matthew Roth

Anderson Silva's Brilliance and Other Post-Hangover Thoughts - Brent Brookhouse

Mauricio Rua Stops Forrest Griffin in Two Minutes - Matthew Roth

Edson Barboza Wins a Split Decision over Ross Pearson - Matthew Roth

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira With a Stunning Knockout of Brendan Schaub - Matthew Roth

UFC 134 Post-Fight Press Conference Updates - Tim Burke

Stanislav Nedkov Silences Brazilian Crowd with Knockout of Luis Cane - Matthew Roth

Thiago Tavares Ground and Pounds Spencer Fisher to a Second Round Stoppage - Matthew Roth

Rousimar Palhares Wins a Decision in a Strange But Great Fight With Dan Miller - Tim Burke

Paulo Thiago Takes a Dominant Decision Victory Over David Mitchell - Tim Burke

Raphael Assuncao Outworks Johnny Eduardo to Decision - Matthew Roth

Erick Silva Puts Luis Ramos to Sleep with a Massive Right - Matthew Roth

Yuri Alcantara Grapples Felipe Arantes to a Decision - Matthew Roth

Yves Jabouin Works Ian Loveland to a Split Decision - Matthew Roth

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