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12/5/13 10:14 PM
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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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12/5/13 10:17 PM
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Wish him the best going forward. Met him years ago and he was one of the nicest guys alive.

He's a smart dude and he'll have a successful career outside of fighting in whatever he does.

All the best Forrest.
12/5/13 10:23 PM
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Damn Phone Post 3.0
12/5/13 10:30 PM
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Fav fighter but I think he got out at the right time
12/5/13 11:02 PM
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Does the writer mean he isn't physically able to do it? Article says, "HE isn't psychically able to do it." 

12/5/13 11:05 PM
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Kim jong illest - Frank mir style? Lmao Phone Post 3.0

 

Haha yeah. Sounds like an insult from Forrest there. I'm interested in what a "Frank Mir style" training camp consists of.

 

12/5/13 11:06 PM
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Buy him a new shoulder, Dana! lol
12/5/13 11:14 PM
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Unfortunately when you do this type of work there are consequences. Just think it could be worse you could be a football player. Nothing good can come out of smashing your head every week for half the year. Phone Post 3.0
12/5/13 11:15 PM
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What exactly is frank Mir style? Half assed training? Phone Post 3.0
12/5/13 11:16 PM
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Loved the mans heart and loved the mans personality.

True role model for the sport.
12/6/13 12:20 AM
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Frank Mir style. Fucking awesome. Wish I could vtfu Forrest Phone Post 3.0
12/6/13 12:24 AM
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Fuck I just had an MRI done on my shoulder today. It got injured training in Amsterdam over the summer. I can barely put a shirt on. Now I'm really starting to worry.
12/6/13 6:00 AM
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ImStillHereChief - Fuck I just had an MRI done on my shoulder today. It got injured training in Amsterdam over the summer. I can barely put a shirt on. Now I'm really starting to worry.
Get it fixed and stop training, or at least make changes. Phone Post 3.0
12/6/13 6:25 AM
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Frank Mir has himself confessed that he did some really comfortable camps in the past in Vegas to be close to his family. You can see it in some of his fights the same way you now can see that Jackson & co has improved his physique and cardio to a great extent. Phone Post 3.0
12/6/13 9:51 AM
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By Mir Style I believe he meant that between the crash and fighting for as long as he has Mir has so many permanent injuries he has to constantly train around them and, from the sound of it, has days where he can barely train. Makes Mir one tough SOB imo.
12/6/13 11:36 AM
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Forrest was always tough but i think his lack of athleticism is what held him back..he always seemed like he was punching underwater during his fights..his submission game seemed non-existent..
12/6/13 11:47 AM
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I hope (and it seems) that he has walked away without any significant brain damage.
12/6/13 12:32 PM
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Bry Bry - Forrest was always tough but i think his lack of athleticism is what held him back..he always seemed like he was punching underwater during his fights..his submission game seemed non-existent..

He def had a sub game and I wouldn't say that he wasn't athletic. I remember him making Rampage look clumsy in a basketball game on TUF. His hand speed was never there but over all he was an above average athlete.
12/6/13 2:58 PM
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Frank Mir Style FTW

12/6/13 3:03 PM
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Thanks for the memories!
12/6/13 3:30 PM
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Bry Bry - Forrest was always tough but i think his lack of athleticism is what held him back..he always seemed like he was punching underwater during his fights..his submission game seemed non-existent..
He tapped shogun. Phone Post 3.0
12/6/13 4:42 PM
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Gotta remember all the wars & injuries he had before tuf even started. And he was known as a guy that loved to train, coture said he had to turn the lights off to get him out if the gym. He trained and fought injured for years. Guy was tough as they come.

I wish him.success in his list fight life. He was the UFCs poster boy for years and made them.alot of money, I hope they find something for him. Phone Post 3.0
12/6/13 6:19 PM
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I thought everyone knew this.

 

Dana is a bully to fighters.

 

12/6/13 6:25 PM
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Forrest is too tough for his own good, the classic overachiever. He out gutted so many fighters he should have lost to. He was a pleasure to watch, a great fighter.
12/6/13 6:46 PM
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hellride - Forrest is too tough for his own good, the classic overachiever. He out gutted so many fighters he should have lost to. He was a pleasure to watch, a great fighter.
He didn't appear to be that tough in the Anderson fight, but he's a great personality and great role model Phone Post 3.0

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