Originally Posted by CtGreat
Forrest Griffen was a cherry picked bout?
Are you aware that he was LHW CHAMPION just 1 fight before Silva faced him?
Griffin wasn't cherry picked due to his lack of talent, but it was a fight that reading through the interviews and putting it context, was made because of Griffin's willingness to bang, or at least be in exciting fights. Remember this fight was made in response to UFC 97's shit show of a main event.
Cherry picked to me has a dirty connotation behind it but Forrest was brought in to stand with Silva.
Comments like this from Dana: UFC 101 Preview: Anderson Silva and Dana White Have a Philosophical Difference - Bloody Elbow
"I donít know whatís going to happen when Forrest fights Anderson Silva but I know this, Forrest going to go after him," said White, barely containing his giddiness at the prospect. "Silva is going to have to end the fight."
And Soares: Soares: Silva vs. Griffin at UFC 101 is "the type of fight we want to take" | News
"I think Forrest Griffin is a big light heavyweight, and I think it's going to be a great fight," Soares said. "He's a guy that makes it exciting. He leaves everything out in the octagon, and that's the type of fight we want to take."
It's all you heard in the pre-fight. How this fight was made because Forrest will come after Anderson, and sure enough he did. So much pressure to stand and bang with an extremely dangerous man, no wonder he was popping Xanax before the fight. Forrest Griffin admits to taking Xanax night before epic UFC 101 loss to Anderson Silva - MMA Fighting