Wow! Anyone who wasn't shocked by that performance has amazing psychic powers. I knew Silva had the ability to dominate, but I didn't think a fight that one-sided was possible.
Coming into this fight, there was a lot of speculation on who the winner would be.
People said Forrest was too tough.
People said Forrest was too big.
People said Silva had lost his drive.
People said Silva was no longer the dominant fighter he used to be.
People said Silva had lost interest in putting on entertaining fights.
Anderson Silva answered all of those questions with a thundering boom. Silva answered anyone who ever questioned him with a big F-U.
How else do you describe that fight?
Just in case anyone didn't witness the most dominant performance in Anderson Silva's career, this is what happened...take into account that this all happened within the first round.
Forrest tried to mount an offence, but Silva danced around for the first minute, measuring his distance and testing his range. From there, Griffin got a little closer, and Silva countered with a powerful left. This was enough to drop Griffin.
At this point Griffin is wobbled, and Silva feels he has already won the fight.
Silva drops his hands and dances. He dances with both hands by his hips and sticks his chin out at Griffin, clearly not afraid of Griffin's strikes. Silva dodges multiple punches with head movement alone.
Griffin gets up, then gets pounded again. Silva drops Griffin once again. This time he offers him a hand up in almost taunting fashion. Griffin swings wildly, as he is known to do when rocked.
Silva dances some more, then counters a Griffin strike with a short punch. Dropped again, Griffin is done.
The way Anderson danced with his hands down was beyond belief, and I think that performance alone secured Silva's spot as the No. 1 pound-for-pound fighter in the world.
He won that fight for himself and showboated his way to an easy victory for everyone that ever doubted him.
I have never seen a bigger F-U to the fans—not the fans that appreciate him, but to the fans that questioned his heart.
He took Forrest apart and destroyed him. He crumpled him repeatedly within one round.
I spoke before in another article about this fight. I spoke of how Anderson Silva with something to prove was scary.
I talked about how Silva was dominant in each of his UFC debut, his first UFC title fight, his first fight at 205, and in round two vs. Dan Henderson (the first time he lost a round in the UFC).
Now you can add the Griffin fight to that list...
This was another scary performance. He was polite in the post-fight interview, but his message was clear though his actions.
If you were one of the people that doubted him...F-U!