Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin apparently tested positive for the drug Xanax in his UFC 101 bout with Anderson Silva. Forrest revealed the news on The MMA HOUR, which is hosted by Ariel Helwani.
“I failed my drug test I think for Xanax. I had a doctor’s prescription, I was just, I didn’t do it before the fight, I did it the night before, I was nervous and I couldn’t sleep.”
Who wouldn’t be nervous about taking on the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world in Anderson Silva? Still, a fighter should always come clean about the medications they are taking because it could discredit their win and even rule the win a no contest. Griffin didn’t have to worry about this, however, because he was outclassed in every way at UFC 101.
It is interesting that Griffin decided to reveal this news now sort of out of the blue. Maybe his conscious was eating at him and he felt the need to disclose this news to his fans and the media. Griffin is a fighter that always wears his heart on his sleeve, and he is also one of the more interesting personas in the UFC. Taking anxiety pills prior to a fight doesn’t seem out of the norm in the world of Forrest Griffin, but it is strange that the athletic commission didn’t disclose the drug tests.
Regardless of the drug test failure, up next for Griffin is a fight with former middleweight title challenger Chael Sonnen, who knows a thing or two about testing postive for banned substances as well. Forrest already has a win over Sonnen when they both met earlier in their careers. In the bout, Sonnen seemed to dominate the grappling aspect before he succumbed to a triangle choke by Forrest in the first frame. Will lightning strike twice when he faces Sonnen later this year? Stay tuned!