“I actually think Stephan’s going to surprise some people. I don’t know if he’ll win, but he’ll do well. He’s a big guy, he’s never been, I’ve never seen him be hurt by a punch, let alone knocked out. I don’t think Anderson’s going to want to get too close because Stephan’s a big guy with good jiu jitsu, you don’t want to be under him, you know. He’s been working his wrestling a lot the last couple years, you’ve seen that in his fights. He’s kind of evolved as a fighter so, I think it’ll be a better fight than people think.”
Forrest fought Silva in 2009 at UFC 101 in a non-title fight. Griffin said he did pass on some advice to Stephan from his own experience fighting the UFC Middleweight Champion. “It was just what not to do. Don’t do anything I did. Whatever I did, do the the opposite.”
Griffin and Bonnar’s epic first fight which crowned Griffin ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ in the series’ inaugural season, is highly regarded as the fight that put the UFC on the mainstream radar. To this day, that fight that happened in 2005 remains a fan favorite and one of the best fights in UFC history.