Former Champ Griffin Details Reasons Behind Retirement

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After announcing his retirement earlier this year, Forrest Griffin relayed not long ago that he was going to start training again and that if everything “magically healed”, a comeback could be in the cards. Well, unfortunately for fans of the 34 year-old, former UFC champ, it looks as though Griffin’s fighting days are indeed over.

Griffin appeared on the latest edition of “The MMA Hour“, and not surprisingly, the UFC Hall of Famer was asked about the possibility of a comeback. Here is some of what the charismatic light-heavyweight had to say:

“I physically can’t (come back). I didn’t want to be done, in the beginning. When I announced my retirement, that was actually when I was trying to come back and I realized, it just wasn’t viable. It passed me by. My shoulder is done. I brush my teeth with my left hand now. That’s just the way it goes. I can’t shoot a basketball, I can’t throw any kind of ball. I was right handed. The last three years, I was kinda fighting with one arm, on and off. My training camp was, I don’t want to call it Frank Mir style, but it was Frank Mir style. It’s like, I’m going to work on whatever hurts the least today. What are we doing today? Well, what’s not broken today? That’s what we’re going to do today.”

If you recall, after fighting two times in 2009, Griffin’s health limited him to just three fights from 2010 through 2012. The former TUF winner finished out his career by handing Tito Ortiz a unanimous decision loss to win their rubber match series.

Prior to that he was KO’d by “Shogun” Rua in August, 2011 (after tapping out Rua back in 2007). Griffin went 19-7 throughout his decade plus career. 

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  • raker says:

    As much as I like Forrest, I’m glad he’s retired. His ability to take a punch was a bit of an issue, especially after the Jardine fight, and he was never the same after losing to Silva. Too big to drop to MW and not enough power for a run at HW, he was becoming a gatekeeper at LHW.

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