The original Ultimate Fighter champion decided he’d had enough thanks to some nagging injuries, though it seems his dwindling passion for action in the Octagon may have also played a role in the move. Griffin exited the sport with victories in three of four fights and a respectable record against the cream of the light heavyweight crop during his time in the sport.
When it comes to discussing Mixed Martial Artists and retirement the conversation tends to be on fighters who have held on a little too long a la Jens Pulver, Chuck Liddell, or Tito Ortiz. However, there are plenty of pugilists who have walked away from the UFC with gas left in the tank to the chagrin of countless fans. Here’s a look at five competitors whose time in the Octagon was cut short… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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