Again in the summertime of 2009, then UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva was working out of opponents.
The Brazilian star has just lately defeated compatriot Thales Leites in what can solely charitably be described as a snoozefest, and had little bother in vanquishing the opposite 185-pound fighters who rose the ranks in direction of primary contender standing. His first foray into mild heavyweight a yr earlier had lasted simply 61 seconds, with James Irvin unable to offer any kind of lifelike problem in his minute within the highlight with the best middleweight of all time.
That’s when the UFC referred to as Forrest Griffin. The previous Final Fighter contestant was a couple of months faraway from dropping the sunshine heavyweight championship to Rashad Evans however was thought-about to be precisely the kind of hard-nosed, cussed fighter that will check Silva’s credentials at a better weight class.
Three minutes and 23 seconds into their combat, it was throughout. Griffin appeared gradual and cumbersome in comparison with the world class Silva, who dodged and parried all the things that the previous 205-pound pacesetter needed to supply earlier than — considerably humanely — ultimately placing Griffin out of his distress.
The defeated fighter would later say this of the competition: “Each combat I’m going into, it doesn’t matter what occurs, it couldn’t be worse than Anderson Silva. That sh*t was a yr in the past [this interview was recorded in 2010] and actually on a regular basis folks ask me one thing about that.
“He punched you within the chin,” the interviewer feedback. “Repeatedly,” Griffin shoots again. “And I used to be very confused. I attempted to punch him and he actually moved his head out of the best way and checked out me like I used to be silly for doing it. He checked out me like, ‘Why would you do such a silly factor? Did you actually suppose you had been going to hit me? What a silly factor to suppose.’”
“I felt embarrassed for even attempting to punch him. I felt like some child attempting to wrestle along with his dad.”
That kind of efficiency hasn’t fairly been replicated within the UFC within the years which have adopted however the man who has adopted in Silva’s footsteps because the undisputed champion at 185-pounds says that this explicit model of dominance might be replicated on July 2 when Israel Adesanya takes on prime contender Jared Cannonier.
“That is going to be spectacular,” Adesanya stated on his YouTube channel. “Assume UFC 101, Anderson Silva vs. Forrest Griffin. Like, I’m simply going to be within the zone. I don’t care — keep tuned.”