FightLinker has stumbled onto something that may be of interest to the MMA community regarding popular MMA website Sherdog.com:
Sherdog has an article up with quotes from a bunch of different fighters regarding the Jackson / Griffin fight. One of those quotes is from Phil Baroni:
Phil Baroni (Pictures): I don’t know how two judges gave Forrest that first round, man. That’s some bulls—. I thought Rampage clearly won the fight. That first round could have been 10-8 for Rampage!The only problem here is that Phil claims he never said anything like that at all:
First off I never gave my opinion on the fight being scored wrong to anyone esp a reporter from Sherdog. I never spoke to any media about my opinion the fight. I think its bullshit that Sherdog quoted me. First off I think the fight was a great one. Second I feel the decision was a fair one. I think Forrest is an inspiration and fought his heart out. His career is an inspiration and story book. He did a great job fought like a true champion against Rampage and his entire career. He deserves to be UFC champion and I take my hat off to him.Now if this had been anyone other than Phil Baroni, I’d be inclined to pass judgement immediately and go “What the ****, Sherdog?” But because it is Phil and Phil is a goddamn maniac, I’m willing to entertain the idea that he’s just trying to **** with Sherdog, or that perhaps he was quoted by someone other than Sherdog and they just carried his words. Either way, I’m hoping some sort of clarification is made because the idea of Sherdog pulling imaginary quotes out of thin air just makes their site look pretty damn sketchy.
On the other hand Rampage fought his heart out as well an will be back, He has come back from alot worse an himself is a great fighter an inspiration. I think the fight was a great battle of wills. Both guys gave it there all and Im proud to be friends with both of them.
Thats my opinion on Forrest Griffon and Rampage Jackson. Im in England now and just wanted to address this stupid article on Sherdog. Again I never made those comments and am proud of both fighters and there efforts. I hope to fight with as much heart an courage this weekend in England.
This might be worth looking into on our end.