Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin has rebounded from two consecutive stoppage losses against Rashad Evans and Anderson Silva (in 2008 and 2009, respectively) by taking decisions over Tito Ortiz and Rich Franklin.
Later this summer he’ll face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, whom he defeated via submission in 2007, on the main card of UFC 134. Rua recently gave up the championship belt to current light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones and, though he maintains that his eye is on his next challenge and not currently on the belt, Griffin recently told Tatame.com that he will be fighting to prove that his name still belongs in the discussion over title contention.
“I need to prove that the first fight wasn’t a fluke, I need to prove that I’m still relevant,” said the 31-year-old while in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to promote the landmark UFC 134 event.
Check out the video below to catch the rest of Griffin’s interview with Tatame.
UFC 134 goes down on August 27 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, marking the first time that the UFC has been back to the country since 1998.