According to an article Sunday on ProMMAInsider.com, the final half of the duo many credit for the surge in popularity of MMA has also called it a career.
UFC President Dana White announced following UFC 160 that Forrest Griffin has decided to retire from fighting. Additionally, it was revealed that, like Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell before him, he will remain with the company, serving in a front-office role.
“Forrest Griffin has been a huge star for us,” White said. “Anytime we’ve ever needed Forrest Griffin, he’s been there for us. He will stay with this company at least for the rest of my life.”
Before his career in the UFC, Griffin debuted in 2001, when he lost to the legendary Dan Severn. However, he would go on to win nine of his next 10 contests and land a spot in the very first “The Ultimate Fighter” in 2005. He ultimately won the show when he beat Stephan Bonnar in a classic confrontation still considered by many to be the great MMA fight of all time.
His career inside the UFC started off well as he won five of his first seven contests. The crowning achievement came when he beat Quinton Jackson to capture the UFC light heavyweight tile in 2008. However, success proved fleeting as he dropped the title in his very first defense to Rashad Evans, who knocked him out at UFC 92.
Injuries and mixed results plagued the latter part of his career. Most recently, he was forced to withdraw from a scheduled fight with Phil Davis in December when he tore his MCL. Despite the obstacles, he did manage to finish up with a victory in three of his last four bouts, including a win over Tito Ortiz in his last outing.
“The biggest thing I’ve learned is that when Dana White says retire, you should retire. Two of my last three fights, I’ve pulled out due to injury. If you think about it, how many fights can you pull out of before you become an unsecure product?” Forrest Griffin asked. “The UFC does a lot of charity stuff locally and for the troops. I’ve always said that I’m going to volunteer, but I’ve always had to train for [a] fight, so I [said I would] do it later. Well, now is later.”