Report: Forrest Griffin Admits to Taking Xanax Before Anderson Silva Fight, Failing Drug Test
By FCF Staff
Several years removed from one of the more memorable knockout defeats in UFC history, Forrest Griffin is reporting that he took Xanax prior to his UFC 101 fight with Anderson Silva, and failed his drug test as a result.
The charismatic and former light-heavyweight champ revealed the news while appearing on the MMA Hour Monday. According to Griffin, he took the prescribed Xanax the night before the August, 2009, fight because he couldn’t sleep.
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission never made any public announcement about Griffin’s failed drug test. Xanax is an anti-anxiety medication.
Griffin furthered on the program that he elected not to disclose his test results due to the “humiliation” of the one-sided loss.
After the defeat, the 33 year-old Griffin went on to score back-to-back wins over Tito Ortiz and Rich Franklin, before he was stopped by “Shogun” Rua in August, 2011.
The former “Ultimate Fighter” is scheduled to fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 155 on December 29th.