I think the whole fight community let out a universal “Huh?” when we all learned that Forrest Griffin *requested* to fight Mauricio Shogun Rua. My opinion went from “Forrest had unusually large balls” to “Well, losing to Shogun is better than losing to another lame guy like Jardine“. I don’t think anyone saw Griffin taking this one, let alone dominating the fight and submitting Rua late into the third.
I’m sure there’s a few very happy gamblers and some very upset bookies coming out of this fight. To me this was fight of the night … I went into it liking Forrest but not believing he could beat Shogun. Simply put, I was off the Griffin bandwagon after he went all pussy during his bout with Hector Ramirez. He won some points back for admitting he was afraid of getting knocked out, some nice candor in an industry where most guys won’t admit that kinda shit (let alone cry in the Octagon after a loss). And now he’s won back a lot more points for his performance against Shogun.
I’d like to say I’m back on the Forrest bandwagon, but right now I don’t feel worthy of getting on his bandwagon. So I’ll just walk behind it and do some penance for not believing in him.