UFC 148: 5 Fights for Forrest Griffin to Take Next

Dan Hiergesell@DHiergesellFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2012

UFC 148: 5 Fights for Forrest Griffin to Take Next

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    Whether you want to call it robbery or just playing the hand you're dealt, Forrest Griffin's win against a shelled Tito Ortiz at UFC 148 was everything short of impressive.

    Griffin's reaction after the final horn explained his frustration to a tee, walking out of the cage like a Dana White puppet gone wrong.

    Nobody really knows why he did what he did, but it doesn't make much sense now considering that the judges gave him the decision.

    So, while many fans would of loved to see Ortiz go out on top, we're left to examine five potential fights in a stacked light heavyweight division for the always popular Griffin.

Ryan Jimmo

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    A fight against veteran Forrest Griffin would be a great way for the UFC to promote newcomer Ryan Jimmo.

    Some people may not be familiar with Jimmo, but his Maximum Fighting Championship reign should carry some success over to the Octagon.

    Griffin may not want to take this fight considering there are a handful of bigger draws in the UFC light heavyweight division, but Dana White and Joe Silva have the final say.

    Jimmo is set to debut against Anthony Perosh at UFC 149 later this month.

Ryan Bader

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    Whether or not Ryan Bader beats Lyoto Machida in their upcoming bout in August, a light heavyweight showdown with Forrest Griffin could be in the works.

    Bader has never been able to get over the contender hump and launch himself into a title shot, so knocking off three of the biggest names in the division (Rampage Jackson, Machida, Griffin) would most likely line him up for a rematch with champion Jon Jones.

    For Griffin, knocking off a hungry striker like Bader could once again show people why he's still one of the better fighters in the division, despite looking pedestrian against a washed up Tito Ortiz.

    It has yet to be seen how Dana White and Joe Silva value Griffin's overall stock after his recent victory, but a scheduled bout with Bader could the hint he needs.

Phil Davis

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    Phil Davis is currently scheduled to face newcomer Wagner Prado at UFC on FOX 4 in August.

    That fight will ultimately give us an indication of where Davis fits in a crowded and diverse light heavyweight division.

    His somewhat recent loss to Rashad Evans was most definitely lackluster, but a victory over a veteran name like Forrest Griffin could put him back in the division's top five.

    Griffin's chances of regaining steam for a title shot would certainly increase with a win over a power wrestler like Davis, but he definitely has more to lose.

Glover Teixeira

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    I don't know what it is about this fight, but a showdown between Forrest Griffin and UFC mystery man Glover Teixeira possesses Fight of the Year potential.

    Dana White and Joe Silva have desperately tried to schedule a fight between Teixeira and Mauricio Shogun Rua, but Shogun apparently wants nothing to do with a guy that few know anything about.

    Griffin, on the other hand, is one of the biggest gamers around. He'll practically fight anyone, anywhere.

    Nobody really knows for sure if Griffin can contend with a guy who has finished 15 of his last 16 fights since his last loss in 2005, but the action inside the cage would be abundant.

Rampage Jackson

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    Forrest Griffin has already retired Tito Ortiz, so why not Rampage Jackson?

    Not for nothing, but Jackson is responsible for Griffin's run as the UFC's light heavyweight champion, having lost to him at UFC 86.

    Simply put, revenge is in order.

    It has already been speculated that Jackson may retire before satisfying the last fight on his UFC contract, but if he comes back healthy from double knee surgery and gives it one last go, Griffin would be the perfect fit to greet him on his final voyage.


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