Despite Extended Hiatus, Forrest Griffin is Still a Top UFC Light Heavyweight

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Forrest Griffin has been out of the spotlight for almost a year, leaving some MMA fans speculating whether the former UFC light heavyweight champion is considering retirement.

Griffin, however, confirmed today that he is returning to the Octagon and will soon begin ramping up his training.

In an interview with, Griffin discussed his intention to fight again later this year. “I want to fight around November or December,” Griffin said. “I look to go home and get trained again. You know, back to life and eating right.”

Griffin last fought at UFC 148 on Jul. 7, 2012, when he battled to a split-decision victory over Tito Ortiz. Griffin was later slated to fight Phil Davis, but was forced to withdraw due to a severe knee injury. After undergoing surgery, Griffin has been spending his time rehabilitating his injury.

According to the current UFC light heavyweight rankings, Griffin is no longer listed in the top 10. This bump from the rankings was not due to Griffin’s skills, however, as he had won three of his last four fights against top competition. New additions to the UFC’s light heavyweight division, such as Glover Teixeira and Gegard Mousasi, are in fact, the main cause of Griffin’s removal.

Since gaining fame from winning the inaugural “Ultimate Fighter” reality show, Griffin has been consistently one of the most exciting fighters in the light heavyweight division. Griffin has won five bonus checks for his dynamic performances and offers fans a unique personality to root for.

So while Griffin has recently fallen out of the spotlight due to injury, he will show his relevancy this fall when he returns to fighting in one of MMA’s toughest weight classes.