Forrest Griffin turned down UFC 155 fight against Vitor Belfort

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin was given a list of names following Chael Sonnen's removal from the UFC 155 fight card, but he expressly told the UFC he would not fight Vitor Belfort. Hear from Belfort inside.

While everyone knows Phil Davis vs. Forrest Griffin wasn't the first option for UFC 155, it turns out the bout wasn't the second option either.

That's according to recent UFC Light Heavyweight title challenger Vitor Belfort, who tells the Brazilian site UOL that Griffin turned down a bout against him after Chael Sonnen pulled out of their originally scheduled UFC 155 fight to coach against Jon Jones for The Ultimate Fighter season 17.

"I met with Forrest and he told me that he volunteered for a list of six names and mine was the first. He said he would face any of them except me. It's good to have this kind of recognition. I am here to serve the company."

Of course, there's plenty of reasons as to why Griffin would turn down the bout, chief among them being that up until he switched to Imperial Athletics to train with the Blackzilians for his UFC 152 title opportunity, Belfort was a teammate of Griffin's for several years over at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.

In the article, Belfort also mentions that he plans on fighting at both middleweight and light heavyweight for the foreseeable future, that he doesn't have much time left for his career and will go wherever the biggest fights are available.

So what's your take, Maniacs?

Did Griffin make the right decision in choosing Phil Davis over "The Phenom?" Who else do you think was on that list?

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