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Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin

Posted on: July 5, 2008 11:59 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2008 12:49 am
 

It's main event time. Huge folk hero like reception for Griffin, who for a lot of people symbolizes the rise of mixed martial arts from minor sport to major event. Mixed reaction for Rampage, who is an extremely likeable and charismatic champion but committed the sin of taking away Chuck Liddell's title. More cheers than boos, but a mix. Rampage has the Pride and UFC belts, so apparently he got Dan Henderson's belt when he beat him. Rampage has a great staredown and tonight is no exception.

Round 1. Griffin is throwing a lot more early. He's opening up with punches and kicks but not landing anything hard. Rampage begins to open up more and you can see the power in his strikes. Rampage is mostly punching while Forrest is using a wider array of strikes. Jackson appears to stun Griffin and comes in but Griffin is fine. Griffin then thinks he has Rampage and does the same. Rampage rocks Forrest with a punch that sends him to the floor. Rampage pushes Forrest into the cage and starts some ground and pound. Griffin gets back up. Both fighters trade at the end of the round. Close, exciting round. Griffin landed more blows, but Rampage landed the most telling blow of the round. Griffin recovered better than I expected. Jackson 10-9.

Round 2. Griffin lands some solid blows and applies a guillotine that he uses to take top position. Crowd is going crazy. Forrest is in Rampage's half guard, but he passes to side control. Griffin going for a keylock and crowd is going nuts. He doesn't get it. But he does get full mount and Rampage is in trouble with two minutes left in the round. Juanito's career is looking to be in trouble. Griffin is throwing elbows and retaining mount. Rampage may be paying for taking Griffin lightly. 10-8 Griffin. Incredible performance by Griffin and Rampage looks tired and frustrated.

Round 3. The two are trading early, and Rampage has landed the better blows by a narrow margin. As the round progresses, Griffin becomes more aggressive, and in particular is using a lot of kicks to throw Rampage off guard. Forrest looks like the much more versatile striker but Rampage has the power. Rampage lands a hard straight right to knock Griffin back a little. Griffin has improved so much from his days as a wild standup brawler. He's giving Rampage problems with his technique. Griffin comes forward with some strong punches late and lands some of his best blows of the fight. Another exciting round. I think Jackson landed the better blows, but I give it to Griffin on volume. 10-9 Griffin. This is building into a fight of the year level match. Rampage may want to consider slamming Forrest.

Round 4. Jackson lands some hard punches and is opening up. Griffin appears dazed and he pulls Rampage down into his guard. Forrest with a triangle but Rampage lifts him in the air. Forrest is no dummy and he doesn't become Ricardo Arona II, instead letting go of the hold as Rampage slams him down. Griffin stands up and immediately Rampage greets him with some punches. Forrest's face is busted up, while Rampage looks relatively fine in that department. Jackson with a pair of hard hooks. Griffin's got a better chin than a lot of people were giving him credit for. Jackson's power, though, is taking over the fight. Clear round for Jackson. I could even envision 10-8, although I definitely have it 10-9 Rampage.

Round 5. Loud chants for Forrest. Forrest again with kicks, while Jackson is using the punches inside. Griffin is pursuing, which may help him with the judges. Griffin is opening up and he's taking over this round. A minute and a half left and Rampage needs to do something to win this fight. Both Jackson and Griffin nailed each other at the same time with punches. One minute left. And that's the end of the fight. I've got that round 10-9 Griffin, which makes my score 48-46 Griffin. But the judges could go a lot of directions.

One hell of an exciting fight. Tremendous performance by both men and a real good night for the UFC as far as the main event goes. Crowd believes Forrest should get the decision.

48-46, 48-46, 49-46 Griffin. Crowd explodes. You've got to give Griffin all the credit in the world. What a competitor. Unbelievable performance.

"This is the best moment of my life and I can't wait to do this shit again, brother."

Rampage seems cool with the loss and gives Forrest credit for the win. He's good natured about the loss. "I'm still going to get drunk because it's my birthday." Rampage is badly limping to the back.

I'll have a few notes from the post-fight press conference, including an update on whether UFC plans to implement the new unified rules' weight classes.

Category: Mixed Martial Arts
Comments

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2008 1:34 am
 

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin

Thank you thats was great. sounds like their weight classes are now closer to those in boxing. except boxing has alot more in between. again thanks that was very helpful.



Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2008 1:30 am
 

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin

Sherdog.com has the story.  I can't explain it well so I copied and pasted it for you:

Though it drew no talk or review at the conference, fourteen weight classes are now defined in the men's division under the revised Unified Rules, beginning at the 105-pound flyweight division and moving up in 10-pound increments to super heavyweight at 265 pounds and over.

While some weight classes were unaffected by the reassignments, others were altered with the addition of new divisions above and below them. The welterweight division will now range from 165.1-175 pounds, while light heavyweight fighters will be specified between 205-225 pounds. Heavyweight entrants will be asked to weigh in between 225-265 pounds.

The fourteen weight classes include: flyweight (up to 105 lbs), super flyweight (over 105.1 to 115 lbs), bantamweight (over 115.1 to 125 lbs), super bantamweight (over 125.1 to 135 lbs), featherweight (over 135.1 to 145 lbs), lightweight (over 145.1 to 155 lbs), super lightweight (over 155.1 to 165 lbs), welterweight (over 165.1 to 175 lbs), super welterweight (over 175.1 to 185 lbs), middleweight (over 185.1 to 195 lbs), super middleweight (over 195.1 to 205 lbs), light heavyweight (over 205.1 to 225 lbs), heavyweight (over 225.1 to 265 lbs), and super heavyweight (over 265.1 lbs).

Ten female weight divisions were also defined ranging from flyweight (95 lbs and below) to super heavyweight (185.1 and above).

Hope this helped





Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2008 1:21 am
 

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin

Does anyone know what he means by unified weight classes.

 

I'll have a few notes from the post-fight press conference, including an update on whether UFC plans to implement the new unified rules' weight classes.




Since: Jul 6, 2008
Posted on: July 6, 2008 1:19 am
 

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin

Damn this def shakes up the Lightheavyweight division!!!  My heart was with Rampage but Forrest proves again to never underestimate him he def deserves the win.  I'm curious who they put him up against after this, mabye the winner of Liddell vs. Evans and with Anderson Silva getting the blessing from Dana to fight in Lightheavyweight woo gets my blood boiling.  I would love to see Forrest and Wanderlei.

Anyways great fight Forrest is the best in the world now, beating two top fighters who people (including myself) thought he would get his ass handed to him but he plays spoiler again which isn't a bad thing congrats to Forrest.




Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2008 1:14 am
 

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin

I don't think griffin would be able to beat rampage again. That knee injury looks like it will keep Rampage out for a while. Griffin was the busier fighter. But I just think the fight turned when the knee went out. Rampage couldn't push off of it nor put much weight on it. If that injury dosn't happen I think Rampage wins the fight not going decision. But no one can debate who one as Griffin did create the knee injury. Congrats to griffin.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: July 6, 2008 12:47 am
 

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Forrest Griffin

I made some money On This One. Griffin is becoming such a complete fighter. If He gets a little more power behind him then he might be unstoppable.


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