One of the original Ultimate Fighter winners has seen his last scrap, as UFC light heavyweight Forrest Griffin spoke to media after UFC 160 and announced he was walking away from Mixed Martial Arts at the age of 33. Griffin will go down as one of the most beloved brawlers to ever see action under the organization’s banner thanks to his quirky sense of humor and entertaining efforts in the cage.
Griffin, who will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame this summer alongside fellow TUF finalist Stephan Bonnar, pointed to health problems in terms of his reasoning.
“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,” said the former champion. “If you think about it, how many fights can you pull out of before you become an unsecure product?”
The 19-7 Griffin owns past victories over Mauricio Rua, Quinton Jackson, and Tito Ortiz inside the Octagon.
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