MANILA, Philippines – Former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin admitted taking an anti-anxiety drug a night before his humiliating defeat to mixed martial arts (MMA) pound-for-pound king Anderson Silva.
He tested positive for the drug although this was not made public by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission (PSAC) after the 2009 event, reported MMA Fighting.
"I failed my drug test I think for Xanax," Griffin said. "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."
As a result, he looked slow against a much faster Silva.
Griffin suffered three knock downs in the first round. During the third knockdown, he attacked Silva with a flurry of punches only to be knocked out by Silva’s counter right hand.
When asked why he didn’t immediately reveal the information, Griffin said: "What's the point? Why add humiliation to a bad situation?"
Fortunately, Griffin was able to recover after the shameful defeat.
"It can't possibly get worse than that. I've already seen the bottom and it wasn't that bad. I made it through. I survived. It's fighting. It's not the end of the world," he said.