After twelve years and twenty-six professional bouts, Forrest Griffin is calling it quits:
Forrest Griffin (19-7), a fighter who is one of the most recognizable names in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brand, announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) on Saturday evening (May 25, 2013) at the UFC 160 post-fight press conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani (which you can watch here) Forrest basically chalks the decision up to the fact that he’s been feeling shittier with every training camp and can’t seem to stop getting injured. All it took was a little prodding from Dana White to officially announce his retirement:
UFC President Dana White suggested that Griffin retire from the sport in Aug. 2012, saying that he has nothing left to prove, and after sustaining multiple injuries since those comments and pulling out of more fights than he’s competed in, Griffin now wishes he had listened.
“When Dana White says you should retire, you should retire,” said Griffin. “Or else you blow your knee out before your next fight.”
“Two of my last three fights I have pulled out before of injury … I wouldn’t invest in me at this point.”
It’s nice to see a former great end their career before suffering a series of increasingly humiliating defeats.
Dana White also announced that Forrest Griffin would be inducted into the Hall of Fame (alongside Stephan Bonnar), which puts a cherry on top of career that included winning the Ultimate Fighter, winning the Light Heavyweight championship, and having several mental breakdowns in the Octagon.
Forrest summed up his career quite succinctly in the previously mentioned Helwani interview by saying “I did pretty decent with what I had…I could have done a little better, but we all could.”
Now, there’s a tombstone inscription he can be proud of.