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Jackson vs Griffin has no heat

Remember back when Griffin vs Jackson was announced, everyone thought it was going to be the event of the summer. Now the show is just over a week away and there’s not really all that much hype surrounding it. The Ultimate Fighter 7 fell flat on delivering any kind of animosity, unless you hope to see Forrest avenge his go-kart loss or Quinton being pissed off about a dumb game of horse. Sports Illustrated even dedicated an article to the complete lack of heat behind this fight.

Even when there’s a media conference call, these two can’t find anything interesting to say about eachother. That’s not to say they’re not interesting or funny … they just can’t seem to do anything about their fight.

The most interesting thing to come out of today’s call is from Quinton Jackson talking about the TUF finalists:

Jackson: I think they’ll both do pretty well in the UFC. I think CB has a lot of growing up to do you know what I’m sayin? He has a lot of learning, act like he didn’t tap and all that stuff was just kind of.. That was kind of despicable in my books but you know I think Amir is going to be tough. He’s going to be good for the UFC. I’ve never seen a Muay Thai guy submit too many people.

  • kentyman

    Jackson by net gun revenge.

  • godzillad

    Forrest by armbar

  • garth

    i forgot completely about that net gun. it looked like it could have been the beginning of like a prank war, but just stopped, nothing more.
    too bad

  • Pontus

    Its fucking sad that two fighters has to talk shit and go all pro-wrestling for the fight to have any hype.

    How often haven’t we seen fighters talk smack then two seconds after the fights is over it was all talk and they didn’t mean it bla bla bla.

    Me being cynical it makes me doubt everytime now when fighters talk trash and have a problem with each other.. It just feels lame and pro-wrestlingish.

  • j

    These are two top competitors. I don’t need hype to watch the fight.

  • garth


  • dum.dum

    The Shogun:Forrest fight didn’t have much hype going into it, but i thought it was a great fight. That being said I noticed that Forrest get’s annoyed by the way Rampage acts and I think he often holds back and bites his toungue… anyone else notice that? Anyways… I’m hyped about this fight and will definitely order it.

  • garth

    it seemed to me rampage controlled himself in most areas, like he was very aware he was on TV, and tried to keep calm cool collect at all times. there was the one blowup but nothing much after that.
    then again, i don’t know page, maybe that’s just his normal persona. griffin came off like a jerk.


    Glad to see Rampage thought CB pulled a bitch move too.

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    Two comedians cannot occupy the same space at the same time.

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    The hype for this fight is so Machida (elusive)

  • Gilbert

    I agree with #5, J. I’m more excited for this fight then any other upcoming fight this summer, and that includes the Affliction’s, Elite XC’s and DREAM of this world.

  • MadMan

    it’s hard to imagine Forrest being able to withstand the Rampage.

  • Popetastic

    I don’t care if there’s beef, real or imagined. I don’t think this fight needs that much added hype anyway. Even to the casual fan, it’s Forrest Griffin vs. the champion.

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    Can’t wait for Rampage to punch a whole threw Forrest chin

  • Hammer

    Hattori is right. Rampage by ko or tko. By the end of round 2 at the latest. Rampage has decent striking/boxing skills and in MMA if you got that, you are far ahead of most.

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    I meant HOLE….not whole.
    sorly me engrish no gooo

  • Hammer

    hattori. anata kichigai des… haha… rampage will kill this kid by ko.. bet on it…

  • Hattori Hanzo Gracie

    Hammer….. Fuzakenaideyo……馬鹿

  • Hammer

    you got me on that one hattori.. my japanese is not so good. but i stick by rampage by ko.. before end of round 2.. kumbawa….konichiwa…. shakuhatchiwa.. loll..

  • Hammer

    sahku san.. now that is hot

  • dignan

    Can you believe that? He netted me?!?! He netted me!

  • kentyman

    I got shot with a net. On national TV. With a net. He netted me. In front of millions of people.

    With a net.