Just one week after getting married, former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin sat down with FanHouse to talk about his nuptials, his fight with Middleweight champion Anderson Silva, as well his future with the UFC. The season 1 TUF winner spoke candidly about his first round KO loss to Silva, admitting that if he could turn back time, he would of done “everything differently.”
“I’m not really sure I showed up to fight him,” Griffin said. “Maybe I thought he was so good that I didn’t have to fight him.”
But it was his post-fight behavior that drew criticism from many fans. After his loss to Silva, Griffin immediately left the octagon and bolted to the back. Griffin said that all of the hoopla surrounding his decision to immediately leave the cage is “dumb.”
“I mean, I don’t think the losers were going to speak that night anyway, you know. Just get on with the next fight already.”
As for Griffin’s next fight, he’s not sure who or when it will be.
“You know, the bottom line is I will do whatever the UFC wants me to do. They’ve really taken care of me and my career, thus far, so whatever direction they want me to go in, whoever they want me to fight, and that’s genuine. I’m more preferential about where I fight than who I fight. I would really like to fight in, I don’t know, Las Vegas. Or maybe, stretch, California, if I have to. I like to fight close to home, on my time zone, with the air that I’m used to, where I can control my food better. There’s more fights overseas, and I understand I may have to fight overseas, but I put more into where I fight than whom I fight. I’ve never asked for anybody, well, except maybe ‘Shogun,’ actually. I almost think that you’re kind of jinxing yourself. Like, I’m afraid to ask for opponents,” he admitted.
During his time off, Griffin got married to his longtime girlfriend. The pair are currently planning their honeymoon, but the fighter promises to hit the gym as soon as they get back.
“I’m going to start training again Oct. 12 actually, when we get back,” he stated.
Griffin is not just having fun during his time off from fighting. The 205-pound fighter has been keeping busy by working on his second book and releasing a new iPhone app. But he says he is looking forward to getting back in the cage and hopes to fight at UFC 108.
“You know, there’s that Jan. 2 card that looks kind of appealing to me.”
Stay tuned to FightLine.com for more on UFC 108, slated to take place January 2, 2010 from Las Vegas. Bouts currently scheduled for the event include Rashad Evans vs Thiago Silva, Joe Lauzon vs. Sam Stout and Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort.