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UFC 126: Will Forrest Griffin's size and reach be the difference against Rich Fanklin?


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"I like his wrestling. When Henderson and [Okami] tried to do that to Rich he was actually pretty good. Maybe if I can’t hang with him on the feet I’ll push him into the cage and rough him up, grind on him, land some knees. I’m bigger than both of those guys but I’m not better than them. He’s a little quicker than me and it will make a difference. Fortun­ately I have a little reach on him and I’m bigger than him. I don’t have a problem with guys who are quicker than me, or longer than me, but if they are both quicker and longer than me then I tend to have trouble."

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin, returning to the Octagon after a year on the injured reserves, faces former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin in the co-main event of UFC 126: "Silva vs. Belfort" on Feb. 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada. As the list of 205-pound contenders continues to grow, where does a win for Griffin put him in the division title hunt? Would a highlight reel finish over "Ace" put him neck-and-neck with the winner of Ryan Bader vs. Jon Jones?

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