UFC 101

Forrest Griffin Admits to Taking Xanax Before UFC 101

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 08:  (Bottom) Forrest Griffin on the ground after being defeated by Anderson Silva during their light heavyweight bout at UFC 101: Declaration at the Wachovia Center on August 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Cody GuinnContributor IIIOctober 1, 2012

Over the past few months, the UFC has been struggling with constant injuries that have nearly destroyed a number of events. And before the injury crisis, the UFC was in a battle with drugs, with top heavyweight contender Alistair Overeem and welterweight Nick Diaz being suspended due to failed drug tests.

Now, we discover that a new fighter failed a post-fight drug test, and the name might surprise you: Forrest Griffin.

As reported by MMAFighting.com. Forrest Griffin admitted to failing his post-fight drug test after taking the drug Xanax before his UFC 101 matchup with Anderson Silva.

Griffin said (via MMAFighting.com), "I had a doctor's prescription, I was just, I didn't do it before the fight, I did it the night before, I was nervous and I couldn't sleep." 

Griffin's UFC 101 matchup against middleweight champion Silva was one of the most one-sided fights in the history of the UFC. Silva looked untouchable. He simply just dodged and swayed away from every one of Griffin's strike attempts and finished the original Ultimate Fighter winner with a straight jab to the face.

On why the failed drug test wasn't released to the public by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission, as well as why we are just now hearing this news, Griffin said, "What's the point? Why add humiliation to a bad situation?"

A similar situation came about following news that Nick Diaz failed his drug test. It was released that Tyson Griffin had also failed a drug test, but it wasn't released to the media right after like it was with Diaz.

This brings up the questions of when, who and how does these athletic commissions decide to release information about failed drug test? Hopefully, we will soon learn more about Griffin's case and why we didn't hear about it the day Griffin found out he failed a drug test.


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