Forrest Griffin says he has a tough cut ahead of him. | Photo:
Not long after his stunning win over Ryan Bader at
132, Tito Ortiz
expressed interest in a rubber match with old rival and fellow
ex-light heavyweight champ Forrest
Griffin. However, the “Ultimate Fighter” Season 1 winner has no
time for the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” at present, as Griffin is
fully focused on his impending rematch with Mauricio
“Shogun” Rua at UFC
134 in Rio de Janeiro.
Griffin’s recent visit to Brazil was short, but marked by a string
of hilarious quotes, including advice for Yushin Okami
to do the exact opposite of what Griffin did when the Japanese
fighter challenges Anderson
Silva for the UFC middleweight title on the Aug. 27 card.
Along with his dry wit, another feature of Griffin’s stuck out
during his trip: his clearly overweight silhouette, something that
has been bothering the fighter of late.
“I definitely put on more weight than I would like,” Griffin told
Sherdog.com. “I need to cut weight and it won’t be easy. I’ll have
a lot of problems until the fight in Brazil, but I’ve gotta do it.
I don’t want to fight at heavyweight, so I gotta cut that f--king
Griffin’s worry over the weight-cut and potential reduction in
stamina is explained by his strategy to wear Rua down over the
course of their three-round fight.
“He’s one of the best fighters ever,” Griffin said of his opponent,
who he submitted in September 2007. “He has a blitz style. He goes
forward. He’s dangerous. I gotta make him move backward and let’s
see what happens. I want to go hard for all 15 minutes of the
Accustomed to competing before American crowds, the 32-year-old
Griffin believes he will have to overcome a number of other issues
in Brazil before he can beat Shogun once again.
“It’s difficult to adjust yourself [to another country],” said
Griffin. “There’s the jetlag thing, and it’s difficult to make
weight since Brazil doesn’t have the distilled water I use in the
U.S. and the food I need to eat. It’s always difficult to change
your routine when you go to another country. I feel stupid because
I can’t communicate with people from the hotels and can’t even say
how I want my eggs. It’s clearly a pain in the ass.”