Forrest Griffin has had a whirlwind couple of months. From getting knocked out in devastating fashion by Anderson Silva, to getting married and going on his honeymoon, only to have the UFC call and tell him that his honeymoon was essentially over because they needed a replacement for an injured Mark Coleman to face Tito Ortiz. And due to Brock Lesnar’s illness, Griffin went from enjoying life as a newlywed to fighting in the main event at UFC 106. Despite what seems to have been a non-ideal situation, Griffin thinks it was the best thing for him and is feeling great after posting one of the biggest wins in his up and down UFC career.
“It feels great to get a win in a good performance after my last fight,” the former light heavyweight champ said in a video interview with BSN. “It’s just good to get in a brawl for 15 minutes, to beat a guy up, and to get beat up. It felt good.
“I had a lot of fear and trepidation after my last fight. I couldn’t believe I got knocked out so easily and that I didn’t even really want to be there. My body just shut down on me.”
Forrest went on to say that he believed, as did most everybody else, that Tito Ortiz was finally healthy for this fight.
“Tito plays a very good mental game,” he stated. “He had me convinced he was coming in healthy. I was a little nervous because I was pretty banged up in camp. I only had 5 weeks to get ready for this. So I was nervous.”
Griffin also added that the way things transpired for him for this fight was the best thing that could have happened, saying, “From not even fighting, to fighting in a main event because of Brock’s illness, it was a good thing. I didn’t have too much time to over think things. It gave me just enough time to get ready.”
And in what might not have been caught by everyone watching the fight, the TUF 1 winner came out to the song “Tubthumping” (I Get Knocked Down), clearly hinting at his last fight, due to a request made by his wife.
“That was my wife’s idea,” he explained. “She convinced me it was the thing to do, so I asked Dana and he said yeah. I think the fans enjoyed it.”