Forrest Griffin says that even though Shogun has seemingly returned to his old form since their first meeting, the fight is still a good one for him as a whole.
“It’s below winning ‘TUF,’ which is the biggest thing I’ve ever done, and winning the belt was the second biggest thing I’ve ever done. So it’s definitely below those things, but it was obviously pretty big for me at the time. It’s what got me a title shot," Griffin said.
“I think it’s still a reasonably good fight for me. You look around at 205 (pounds) – find me the easy fight. There’s no easy fights in the top-10 guys. It doesn’t really matter.”
“Guys maybe at their core don’t change, but he looks a lot different. That was his first fight in the UFC. That was his first fight in the cage. That was his first fight without kicks on the ground. So, it’s different.”
Injury has stifled “The Ultimate Fighter” winner over the past couple of years, but he has been able to pick up wins over another couple of former champions in the form of Tito Ortiz and Rich Franklin.
Griffin will look to climb up the ladder and prove his first win over Shogun wasn't a fluke, while Shogun tries to get back at the title picture and put their first fight to rest.
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