Griffin retired, but not by choice

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Forrest Griffin has been fighting in the UFC since 2005 and professionaly since 2001, but the toll on his body from fighting and training has become too much. Griffin was planning on fighting again after his win against Tito Ortiz last July, but his body had other ideas. Griffin recently spoke to Ariel Helwani on the MMA hour about his struggle:

“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.”

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