Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight · 205 lbs | MMA
Forrest Griffin defeats Maurício Rua via Submission at 4:45 of Round 3
|14-4-0||Pro Record At Fight||16-2-0|
|Climbed to 15-4||Record After Fight||Fell to 16-3|
|+233 (Moderate Underdog)||Betting Odds||-293 (Moderate Favorite)|
|Las Vegas, Nevada||Fighting out of||Curitiba, Parana, Brazil|
|28 years, 2 months||Age at Fight||25 years, 9 months|
|205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs)||Weigh-In Result||205.5 lbs (93.2 kgs)|
|6'3" (191cm)||Height||6'1" (185cm)|
|77.0" (196cm)||Reach||76.0" (193cm)|
|Xtreme Couture||Gym||Kings MMA|
- Bout Information
- Event: UFC 76: Knockout
- Date: Saturday 09.22.2007
- Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
- Venue: Honda Center
- Enclosure: Octagon
- Location: Anaheim, California, United States
- Bout Billing: Co-Main Event (fight 8 of 9)
- Pro/Am: Professional
- Weight: 205 lbs (93.0 kg)
- TV Commentary: Mike Goldberg, Joe Rogan
- Broadcast: Aired Live on Main Card
- Post-Fight Interviewer: Joe Rogan
- Griffin Total Disclosed Pay: $84,000
- Rua Total Disclosed Pay: $150,000
Griffin vs. Rua I Wiki Update Wiki
Prior to his fight with Forrest Griffin in his UFC debut from September of 2007, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua was widely considered the best light heavyweight fighter in the world. He was the dominant winner of the 2005 Pride Middleweight (205 lbs.) Grand Prix. Unfortunately for Rua, persistent knee injuries and a persistent opponent ended his night in disappointment, as Forrest Griffin fought tooth and nail and eventually sank in the fight-ending Rear Naked Choke in the third round.
"Shogun comes out in every one of his fights, gets right in your face and tries to beat you up," Griffin said prior to the bout, "and that's kind of what I want to do to him, so I think it's got to be a good fight." "It's important for me not only to win, but to win impressively," Rua said. "I respect Forrest Griffin, but I'm going to go for the knockout." Shogun made his way to the Octagon first, bringing to fruition a dream UFC fans had been salivating about for years. Rogan: "He's just a bad dude." Goldberg: "He's listed by many of the top publications around the world as the top 205-pound fighter in the world." Griffin entered next. Goldberg: "As popular as Shogun is, I don't know if he's as popular as this man." Rogan: "Forrest has never been in a boring fight."
The first round was very close, with both fighters landing on the feet. Shogun was scoring takedowns and doing damage from top position. Rogan: "You hear Randy Couture yelling at [Forrest], 'If you underhook him he cannot take you down.'" It was a tough round to call, with a high pace, one that soon spelled doom for Rua.
Although Rua continued to win trip takedowns on Griffin, and Griffin suffered a serious cut on his forehead courtesy of an elbow from Shogun from the top, Griffin ultimately took charge of the fight in the second round. Shogun began to gulp for breath and shake out his arms in order to continue punching. Forest saw along with everyone else that Rua was tired, and smartly forced the action with repeated strikes and excellent scramble work. Rogan: "This is a sprint. It's almost impossible not to get exhausted in this kind of a fight, but Shogun seems to be the more tired fighter at this point."
Griffin kept it a dogfight in the third and final round, and while the result was up in the air until the last moment of the fight, it was clear the momentum had swung in his direction. Finally, after reversing Shogun on the ground past the midway point of the round, Griffin continued to rain down punches and improve position as Rua faded rapidly. Finally, at the 4:45 mark of the final frame, Griffin sunk in the Rear Naked Choke as Shogun tapped against the inside of Griffin’s thigh for the epic win.
Rogan: "Forrest Griffin just needed to believe that he belonged in there with the top guys in the world. The Tito Ortiz fight was the beginning of that, and tonight, what an upset." Following the huge upset win over Shogun, Forrest took the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship in a five-round war with Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, proving once and for all his elite status within the division.