UFC 134 Rio Results: ‘Shogun’ Rua Avenges First UFC Loss, Knocks Out Forrest Griffin

August 27, 2011
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Mauricio “Shogun” Rua knocked out Forrest Griffin in the co-main event at UFC Rio on Saturday night.

Rua finished his opponent in the first round of the affair, earning the win at 1:53 of the opening frame.

The two former light heavyweight champs looked to trade in the first round.  Shogun seemed to get the better of the trades and landed a quick uppercut that shook Griffin.  Rua smelled blood and closed the distance on his opponent.  With “Shogun” in the pocket, Griffin dropped a level and his opponent transitioned to attacking from behind.

The fight went to the ground and Rua swarmed Griffin with punches, giving the Las Vegas fighter no choice but to cover up.  From there, Rua penetrated with punches and hammer fists, knocking Griffin out a moment later.

“Shogun” kept a repeat of his and Griffin’s first meeting from happening by putting the pressure on early and making sure he did the right things in training camp.

“I trained hard every day for this fight,” Rua said following the win.  “I’d like to thank my country for it.

“Thank you, Brazil!”

Rua gets back on the winning track after being dominated by Jon Jones and losing his light heavyweight title.  The win surely puts “Shogun” back in the mix for talks about who should contend for the 205-pound strap after Jones defends the belt against “Rampage” Jackson next month at UFC 135.

Griffin drops his first fight since losing to Anderson Silva at UFC 101 in 2009.  Including his loss of the light heavyweight title to Rashad Evans at UFC 92, Griffin is only 2-3 in his last five outings.

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  • phrankthetank

    Griffin looked terrible, I think he needs to step away for a while and decide if he still wants to fight. He just doesn’t seem to have any drive recently

    • wonggfan

      When did he ever look good? This is it for Forrest. This is the beginning of the end of his career.

      Shogun played a perfect game. Unlike the first fight, he didn’t just run around like a wild man and kept his composure. I want to see Forrest vs Machida and Shogun vs Evans.

      • Unador

        Heck, he’s too young to retire, and I don’t think he made it to Independently Wealthyville just yet.
        Winning the Ultimate Fighter was not the best thing for Forrest. It would have been better for him to have fought some in the UFC without the hype and won some paychecks before going to SF, where he would have made some more paychecks and brought back to the UFC becuase of his winning personality, and ‘wins’ from strikeforce. Then he could have made a title run, and then retired to work for the UFC.
        Now, the UFC has to give him some easy fights for him to get some W’s before they offer him a job, if they offer him a job. Or Forrest is going to have to go to a smaller organization or leave the country. And it’s so hard to from the top to the middle.
        Would have been better for him to not win the UF tv show.

  • Mr. Bojangles

    As long as he doesnt write another book I wish him well. If he does however I want him to fight Shogun again

  • clarkw90

    I wonder how many drug tests are going to come back “clean”?