Eight months ago, I interviewed Forrest Griffin and asked him whether he considered himself one of the truly elite fighters in MMA, like Anderson Silva. Griffin answered, "F**k no." But now that Griffin is getting ready to fight Silva at UFC 101, he says he thinks he has a big opportunity to prove himself.
"Fighting a guy like Anderson Silva gives you an opportunity to test yourself as a person," Griffin says. "Can I deal with this? Can I deal with the pressure? I was watching his tapes and I thought to myself, Man, he's making really good guys just look bad. He makes Dan Henderson look bad. He makes Rich Franklin look bad. I know those guys. Those are good fighters. And he's just making them look bad."
Griffin vs. Silva is actually the co-main event at UFC 101, with the lightweight title fight between BJ Penn and Kenny Florian serving as the main event. But I think Griffin-Silva is not just the biggest fight of the night, but perhaps the biggest fight of the year. It certainly is a big opportunity, for both Silva and Griffin.