Forrest Griffin: Maybe I'll heal, fight again


Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and future Hall of Famer, Forrest Griffin, gave an exclusive interview to Heidi Fang of MMA Fight Corner about his impending retirement from MMA. With his UFC Hall of Fame induction coming up at the UFC Fan Expo in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on July 6, Griffin reflected on his 15-fight career with the UFC, said he may not be done with fighting yet, and explained how it almost didn't happen,

“I was actually a last minute replacement,” Griffin explained. “Some poor guy, who I won’t name, actually failed his drug test for weed, and so I got his spot. I only had 17 days notice. I had just become a cop, and I’d quit my job being a cop in 2002 to become a professional cage fighter. And after years of being broke, and then a low-level bouncer, I decided to finish college and go back to law enforcement.

“And I had just started, had a new job, things were looking up, I was maybe going to take some grad school classes or something – probably not, but the idea was there. I had the application anyway. I was going to do it. But then I was like, ‘Man, it’s that evil mistress, she’s come back. She’s broke my heart once, but she wants me back.’ So I gave it another shot.

“I’m glad,” Griffin said.”If I didn’t, I would have a lot of regret. Like ‘Man, I could’ve been a big superstar like that Stephan Bonnar if I had only done that show. If they’d given me more than 17 days notice’."

“I’ll start training again, September, August. Maybe if I’m just magically healed and like everything works great, then I’ll have to try [fighting] again. But, I’m not healthy now.”

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FanToFighter site profile image  

6/23/13 1:48 PM by FanToFighter


hogh20 site profile image  

6/23/13 12:33 PM by hogh20

Let Forrest rematch against Sonnen and see if he can tap him again.

Lobo8 site profile image  

6/23/13 12:28 PM by Lobo8

No Forest.

Sprawl 68 site profile image  

6/23/13 12:26 PM by Sprawl 68

Please don't Forrest

MMA Lives Here site profile image  

6/23/13 10:00 AM by MMA Lives Here

No thanks

Blazing Knees site profile image  

6/23/13 9:53 AM by Blazing Knees

Burkman fought at mw for awhile-not lhw. Florian and Diego fought at mw too to get on TUF- if you can fathom that

frontrowbrian site profile image  

6/23/13 9:04 AM by frontrowbrian

He's done. Has been mentally checked out for several years. Very good , almost Great career. Worthy of HOF.

Haadogei site profile image  

6/23/13 8:42 AM by Haadogei

There's so many older guys still out there to fight so it's cool to me. Shogun, Franklin, lil nog, even cung le or wand. He's got as much left as any of those guys.

Fight Life Flip site profile image  

6/23/13 5:50 AM by Fight Life Flip

Great job Heidi! TTT

bootleg80 site profile image  

6/23/13 2:48 AM by bootleg80

1st off Heidi Fang is hot. I think Forrest will fight again. I believe this retirement is more forced on by the UFC than we are being told.