Retirement seems like a tough concept for many MMA fighters to wrap their heads around. No matter how committed they seem to be about hanging up the gloves, the next you know they’re contemplating a run in Strikeforce or some other wackiness. That’s not Forrest Griffin’s MO, though. He’s got other ideas:
“I don’t know what the future holds for me because I won’t look past Tito, but when this fight is over I will sit down and assess what I want to do. There are some fights out there that do get me excited. I like what Matt Hughes is doing, he picks the fights that he thinks he can win and does it on his own terms. I want to fight on my own terms, I’m on the other side of the fence now and don’t see myself fighting these younger guys like Alexander Gustaffson.”
Being your own matchmaker is a nice gig if you can get it. Is there anyone else other than Hughes who gets to do that? Sean Sherk claims he’s still waiting for ‘the right fight.’ Matt Serra is on semi-permanent fatass leave. And Renzo Gracie just enjoys pretending he’ll fight again some day soon. Giving some of these old dogs some latitude with opponents seems like a decent thing for the UFC to do. More decent than, say, feeding them mercilessly to the next generation of up and coming killers.