Five suitable replacements for Griffin

by Bryan Levick | source:

With the unfortunate news that Forrest Griffin is being forced out of his bout with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira later this month due to injury, the UFC has just three short weeks to find a suitable replacement for the former light heavyweight champion. It is in their best interests to keep Lil Nog on the card as not only will they be losing their co-main event, they would be losing an opportunity to showcase one of the best unknown light heavyweights in all of MMA.

Nogueria is loved by the die-hard fans of mixed martial arts but the fans who for the most part only follow the UFC don’t know much about him. He made a huge splash last November when he knocked out Luiz Cane in just under two minutes at UFC 106. He was then scheduled to face Brandon Vera at UFC 109 but suffered an ankle injury that has kept him on the shelf until now. Six months will have passed since his debut inside the octagon. Fighting Griffin was a great way to get the casual fan more invested in Lil Nog but that is not happening, so let’s take a look and see who would be a suitable replacement.

Jon Jones

Thiago Silva

Keith Jardine

Vladimir Matyushenko

James Irvin

click here to read the reasons why for each fighter....


tags: Antonio Rogerio Nogueira   Forrest Griffin (detail)  UFC   


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Xspur site profile image  

5/5/10 1:01 AM by Xspur

I have to say I feel let down with this replacement. Forrest can still sell the fight, but I was expecting a bigger name and a more interesting match up. Forrest vs a wrestler = wrestler gets tko'd. I just don't see Brilz at the level to be able to stand with Forrest and I can't see him getting past his strikes to secure a take down. Jason Brilz is one hell of a wrestler, and he has had some success in the UFC, but Forrest is a huge step up for him. Geez, after typing all this I'm starting to like this match up, Even with the decision win over Tito, I think Griffin could use another win to get his head straight and his confidence back. Lil Nog was a tough test, and I'd hate to see Forrest lose again so soon.WAR Griffin!

Ansari site profile image  

5/4/10 5:07 PM by Ansari

Aren't all five of those options already booked in for fights?

RockForLight site profile image  

5/4/10 1:11 PM by RockForLight

I was thinking Ryan Bader... But yeah ^^^

BanTheUKmmaNoobs site profile image  

5/4/10 12:59 PM by BanTheUKmmaNoobs

Jardine is fighting Hamill. The replacement is Brilz..

EBM site profile image  

5/4/10 12:58 PM by EBM

Jason Brilz

mdmrules site profile image  

5/4/10 12:54 PM by mdmrules

Edit:NM - Replacement is Brilz.

RyanPleasure site profile image  

5/4/10 12:53 PM by RyanPleasure

 they already found a replacement