When former UFC light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin fought longtime 185-pound king Anderson Silva in 2009 it was billed as a battle of two greats. However, what unfolded inside the Octagon was far from the spectacle many expected to see, as Silva outclassed Griffin in every way possible and scored a knockout win in the opening round of action.
Griffin appeared to be sluggish and off his game in the bout, opening the door for Silva to dodge his strikes as though it was a scene in The Matrix. Though it may have initially been chalked up to purely a difference in talent, it looks like there was another matter possibly playing a role in the debacle.
In an interview this week with The MMA Hour, Griffin admitted he used Xanax the night before the bout to help with anxiety/restlessness. The Ultimate Fighter 1 winner did have a doctor’s prescription for the drug but ultimately failed his post-fight screening because of the proximity of its use to his match-up with Silva.
Regarding Griffin’s decision to keep it secret for the past three years, the affable brawler explained, “What’s the point? Why add humiliation to a bad situation?”
Interestingly enough, Pennsylvania’s athletic commission and the UFC did not publicize the incident either. It is unknown what sort of punishment Griffin faced, though he did fight Tito Ortiz a few months after the loss to Silva meaning it was not anything serious.
Typically fighters are suspended for at least six months after testing positive for banned substances.
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