Fighters Weigh In on Rampage-Griffin
In the aftermath of one of the more memorable main events of a
major UFC -- Forrest
Griffin (Pictures)'s unanimous decision over
(Pictures) -- the Mandalay Bay Events
Center became a maelstrom of reaction Saturday night.
Some Rampage supporters were incensed at the decision in favor of
Griffin, though Griffin's supporters were flabbergasted as to why
these people were so irate.
Was it Griffin's in-and-out kickboxing or Jackson's sporadic power
strikes that deserved the edge? Was it Griffin's guard play and
attempted triangle choke or Jackson's attempted slam to break the
Griffin's game warranted the win according to the judges, who gave
him the nod on tallies of 48-46 (twice) and 49-46. But two judges,
Adalaide Byrd and Roy Silbert, favored Griffin 10-9 even in the
opening stanza, during which Rampage floored him with a stinging
Debate has followed, but who truly won?
Sherdog.com spoke with various fighters and coaches to get their
opinions on the UFC 86 main event, which has accidentally become a
perfect catalyst for what could be the most viewed rematch in UFC
I thought Forrest won,
but I was sitting next to Jay
Glazer (Pictures) and he thought Rampage won. It
was very close.
I was sitting front row.
It was clearly three rounds to two in favor of Forrest.
I might be a little
biased because Forrest is a good friend and training partner, but
in my opinion Forrest won the fight hands down, three rounds to
two. He outworked him from beginning to end, and even though not
everything he threw landed, at least he fought the whole time
instead of just looking for one big shot. You know, Forrest trained
hard for this fight and it showed. He was training in the gym
everyday, not running around with a chain around his neck, telling
people he's a thug.
Sorry, I don't watch the
I was there, 10th row.
Rampage won 48-46.
Rampage won. Forrest lost
the first, third and fourth rounds.
The fight was close. The
first and fourth rounds were the only rounds that really could be
argued for either fighter. The first I gave to Rampage. The second
was all Forrest, and I scored it 10-8. Forrest did a terrible job
in the third and let Quinton back into the fight. I gave the third
to Quinton. The fourth was so close I scored it 10-10. In the fifth
Forrest out-hustled Rampage, and my final score was 48-47 for
I think Forrest won.
Quinton won two rounds, Forrest won three. Forrest dictated the
whole fight except for a couple quick explosions from Quinton. It
was a great fight and close, but Forrest kept his game plan and was
more active for three rounds.
I've been here at MFS training Ben Rothwell (Pictures). Pat Miletich (Pictures), [K-1] Pat Barry, Ben Rothwell (Pictures) and myself all watched the fight
and we all thought Forrest won.
: I don't know how two
judges gave Forrest that first round, man. That's some bulls---. I
thought Rampage clearly won the fight. That first round could have
been 10-8 for Rampage!*
* Sherdog.com's Mike Sloan said Baroni gave this quote in person
and on the record Saturday night shortly before doing an on-camera
interview regarding his upcoming Cage Rage bout. However, Baroni
has since denied offering this opinion on the Jackson-Griffin fight
being scored wrongly, saying the decision was "a fair one."
Rampage won the
first round with the knockdown, lost the second round bad. He won
the third, but in the fourth he did not do enough to win and lost
the fifth. I wanted Rampage to win, but you gotta take it from the
champ. But the way I score, Rampage lost.
I thought Rampage won. I
had Rampage winning rounds one, three and four. Forrest won the
second easily and the fifth. I'd love to see it happen again.
I watched the fight and
thought Forrest won. He was more active and did a great job of
sticking to his game plan. I felt it wasn't decisive, but that only
comes if you don't allow it to go to the judges. I thought Forrest
won but wouldn't have been surprised if [the judges] had Rampage
Forrest won three rounds
It was close, but I
thought Rampage won three rounds to two.
When the fight was over,
my initial reaction was that Forrest won but they are going to give
it to Rampage. My score was first round Rampage 10-9, second round
Forrest 10-8, and rounds three [through] five all for Forrest
I thought Forrest won. I
watched it with Josh
Barnett (Pictures) and all my fighters, and we all
sat and talked about it. We all thought Forrest won. We were all
rooting for Rampage because Josh helps to train him, but it was a
close fight. It was a great fight, actually. He landed some good
shots, but I think the length of Forrest really threw him off. It
was weird because it looked like Rampage was lacking some zest for
that fight. But yeah, we all thought Forrest had won.
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