Fan-favorite Forrest Griffin has two settings when it comes to his commentary – humorous and honest. From self-deprecating remarks about himself to admissions regarding his lack of love for fighting, Griffin’s words rarely ring hollow because of his genuine demeanor while delivering them.
That being said, when it comes to a recent statement where Griffin claimed he would “retire from life” if he lost in an upcoming outing against Tito Ortiz, speculation has surfaced on just how serious he was. Ortiz himself has a take on the matter and thinks Griffin may actually be leaning towards hanging up his gloves unless things go his way on July 7 at UFC 148.
“I just heard a little thing saying that if he loses to me he’s going to retire. Well, it looks like he better put on his retirement shoes cause it’s going to be an exciting fight and I plan on having my hand raised,” said Ortiz in an interview with MMAWeekly. “Maybe it’s time for Forrest to retire; maybe he wants to retire. Maybe he’s just letting everybody know that he’s going to retire. For me, I know I’m retiring.”
Ortiz has been targeting the bout for his final appearance inside the Octagon since a December loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. The former “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has spent fifteen years in the fight-game with the entire lot of his 27 tussles taking place under the UFC banner.
It’s a stance he’s not willing to waiver on even if he smashes Griffin in their co-headlining clash next weekend.
“I don’t want to overstay my welcome. I want to leave on my own terms. If I blast through Forrest, and get it over quick, there’s always going to be that guess, like yeah I still have it, but people got to understand it’s not the fight I prepare for. It’s the training I prepare for,” admitted Ortiz, pointing to how mentally and physically taxing camps have become for him at this stage in his career.
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