QUINTON JACKSON VS. FORREST GRIFFIN
ROUND 1 – Quick start. Griffin lands a jab, and a few leg kicks to open. Griffin is moving quickly in and out. Pace settles a bit, and the fighters exchange punches. Griffin jabs, and Jackson misses with big punches. Griffin clinches, both fighters score, and they seperate. Griffin continues to work low kicks. jackson lands a few solid blows, and wobbles Griffin, but Griffin pushes forward. More leg kicks from Griffin. Jackson lands, but Griffin counters. Griffin far more active, as Jackson appears to be looking for the big shot, which he lands. Jackson on top of Griffin, and Griffin holds guard, recovering. Jackson lands a punch, and Griffin stands. Both fighters trade. Great action, and the crows is roaring. Round ends, and MMAjunkie.com gives it Jackson, 10-9.
ROUND 2 – Griffin lands a few big leg kicks, and Jackson is wobbling. Griffin rushes in, and falls to the ground with a guillotine. Griffin is on top, in half-mount. Jackson is securing Griffin's upper body, and Griffin is landin little from the top. Griffin postures, and moves to side contrl. Griffin secures an arm, but Jackson pulls it out. Griffin controls from the top, and Jackson is offering little in the way o f defense. Griffin moves to mount, and Jackson works to keep him close. Two minutes remain. Griffin is secure in mount, but not landing anything too severe as of yet. Griffin is locked in on top, and scoring with a few short elbows. Jackson surviving, but appears lost underneath Griffin. The round ends, and MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Griffin.
ROUND 3 – Jackson's leg is obviosly hurt. Slower pace from Griffin. Jackson looking for power punches, while Griffin continues to engage and retreat. Jackson lands a solid three-punch combination. Griffin answers with more kicks. Griffin looks to jab, and Jackson is looking to counter. Griffin controlling the pace, and continuing to score with jabs and low kicks. Jackson misses with a big left. Jackson landing single shots, but Griffin is contolling the center of the cage. More leg kicks from Griffin. Jackson lands a left counter. Griffin moves forward, Jackson looks to counter, but Griffin escapes and the round ends. MMAjunkie.com scores a very close round to Jackson based on effectiveness, 10-9.
ROUND 4 – Griffin opens with a high kick. Jackson lands a few punches. Exciting exchange, and Griffin tries to tie up, but Jackson lands on top. Jackson works from Griffin's guard, and Griffin has a cut above his right eye. Griffin locks in a deep triangle, and Jackson looks for a signature slam. Griffin releases his legs at the last second, but still hits the mat. More blood from Griffin, and Jackson remains on top. Griffin tries to escape, and moves to an omoplata. Jackson escaoes, and the fighters return to the feet. Big left from Jackson, and Griffin counters. Missed punches by both fighters. Griffin has abandoned the leg kick that was so effective earlier. Another close round, but MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Jackson.
ROUND 5 – Griffin takes the center of the cage. Slower pace, but neither figher looks overly gassed. Griffin the aggressor, but nothing scoring heavily. Leg kick again by Griffin, and Jackson wobbles. Griffin landing a few straight punches. Jackson still looking to counter. Griffin remains the aggressor. Jackson moves in, but Griffin scores with the counter. Jackson showing little in the way of offense. Now a clinch, but quickly broken. Griffin lands a nice right. Both fighters looking for openings. Another leg kick from Griffin. Griffin moving away as Jackson finally moves forward. A clinch, and the fight is over. MMAjunkie gives another close round to Griffin, 10-9, but a razor-thin decision, which could be heading for a split, to Jackson, 48-47. Forrest Griffin def. Quinton Jackson via unanimous decision (48-46, 48-46, 49-46).