White: It is not worth waiting too long to retire
At the UFC 160 post fight press conference, UFC president Dana White announced the retirement of UFC light heavyweight championship winning, TUF 1 winning, UFC saving Forrest Griffin. Griffin now joins a long list of fighters that pioneered the sport but no longer fight, including Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, and Randy Couture.
Griffin, 33, like Bonnar before him, joins a long list of UFC superstars and former champions who have recently called it quits. Well-respected former champs such as B.J. Penn and Rich Franklin seem destined to do the same soon.
White says he is saddened to see some of MMA’s biggest names — and most marketable commodities — hang up their gloves, but he thinks it’s often in the fighters’ best interest.
“I know this isn’t how promoters are supposed to talk, but I care about these guys, and I don’t want to see any of them get hurt,” White said. “It’s not worth it.”