In a division that has Quinton Jackson, Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Anderson Silva, Wanderlei Silva, Rameau Sokoudjou, Rashad Evans, Dan Henderson, Rich Franklin, and Tito Ortiz (HAHAHA J/K) how long can Forrest, who has developed at an impressive rate, hope to hold out. Has he gone to high to fast? Six of these top fighters have been champions and all have much more experience, and in some cases, much more power then, Griffin does. Will Forrest be a one-hit-wonder or will he be the next great champ. Sadly, my gut says no to the ladder.
I just can’t see Forrest defending his title long-term with this loaded roster. With his win over Rampage, to become the champ, he did something both Chuck Liddell and Dan Henderson could not do. But could Forrest hope to hold off Dan Henderson for five rounds knowing he lacks the knockout power coupled with Henderson’s superior ground game. Or what about agaisnt Chuck Liddell, who has a superb sprawl, striking, and is able to get back to his feet quickly. An important point since Forrest would have the advantage on the ground.
True Henderson had to drop in weight class but he can come back up at anytime and be a major power in the 205lbs. Rick Franklin has just moved up in class and his record speaks for itself and is not to be taken lightly. This leads me to my next name Anderson Silva. He is a force to be reckoned with regardless of which weight class he’s in. He decisively beat, both Franklin and Henderson, putting himself on a very short list of fighters, and with a quick and impressive win over James (Sandman) Irvin, during his debut in to the 205 weight class, can we not expect to see him heading toward a title shot and a collision with Forrest, if he still has the belt.
With his recent raping of Keith Jardine and a three round battle-royale with Chuck Liddell no one can say that Wanderlei Silva wont be fighting for the title in some upcoming event. Assuming Rampage does not go to jail and become the next Mike Tyson he will want his belt back. Rampage is not someone who doesnt like to be second to anyone and will return as the Rampage we saw in his fight with Dan Henderson.
As for Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida these two are on their way up and not to far from the track Forrest Griffin took. With the right win both have a good chance against Forrest. I will say I think Forrest goes in with a better chance to win but you can’t rule them out just yet. Now as for Rameau Sokoudjou I believe he is truly under estimated, especially if he fought Forrest. He lost to Machida.This is not the best Sokoudjou we have seen. If the Sokoudjou who fought Rampage back in Pride were to show up, that will be a fight to see regardless of who wins.
Don’t get me wrong, I can see Forrest beating anyone one on this list. I just see some of them having a much better chance of beating him. How many times can the Champ go in as the underdog?