I feel like I've already written what I'm about to write one time before, in regards to Rashad Evans vs. Lyoto Machida. However, it's pretty much the same question that has to be asked in regards to Forrest Griffin's game plan to beat Anderson Silva at UFC 101. What was his game plan? The entire fight only last a hair over 3 minutes, and half of that was both fighters feeling one another out with lots of movement and little action. I wrote that I thought Griffin should use his size to pin Silva up against the cage and trip him down to the mat and work from that position.
I know hindsight is 20/20, but surely Griffin knew that he couldn't stand and trade with Silva? He didn't even attempt to take Silva down. He may have been trying to set up his take downs with strikes? Ok, well none of your strikes are landing, and most of his are so that game plan should have been tossed instead of becoming more aggressive with strikes against one of the best counter-punchers ever. Fighters like Anderson Silva, George St. Pierre, Lyoto Machida, and Fedor Emelianenko will only be defeated will sound game planning, luck, and/or a little of both.