The former UFC light-heavyweight champ just launched a publicity tour for his new book, "Be Ready When the S--- Goes Down," so expect some random, choice sound bytes over the next few weeks. The first came Tuesday, when Griffin was asked about the possibility of facing Jon Jones. After explaining that he's not accepting any fights as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery, Griffin marveled at Jones' rapid ascent.
"That's just ridiculous," he said in an interview with WWUZ. "[Vladimir] Matyushenko's been around a decade. He fought Tito [Ortiz] for 25 minutes. He's a great guy. So I haven't really been paying attention, but I keep hearing he's the next big thing, and I'm inclined to believe it."
Griffin had been suggested as a possible foe for Jones because UFC President Dana White promised that the rising star would face a "top eight" caliber opponent. Currently, most of the UFC's top light-heavyweights are contractually obligated to other matchups, possibly forcing Jones into a long layoff despite a quick win over Matyushenko at UFC on Versus 2 this past weekend.
Griffin, though, suggested another idea. After being asked if he was over his Aug. 2009 loss to Anderson Silva, he threw out the idea of Silva facing Jones.
"I think they should fight. I really do," he said. "I think that's a great fight. I think Jones is the next thing, man. I've known this for a while, and I thought Brandon Vera would be the test for him."
Griffin is expected back in the octagon sometime towards the end of 2010. Until he gets back in the gym, though, he's not interested on speculating on an opponent.
"Here's the thing: I'm on sabbatical," he said. "I'm not taking any fights until I'm actually training. What's the point in saying I'm fighting anybody? I'm not fighting anybody."
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