One fighter that has put on entertaining fights over the years has been Forrest Griffin. Ever since Griffin’s first UFC fight, fans knew he would be a star. There was something special about him, from his self-deprecating post-fight interviews to his hilarious antics outside the cage.
His fight with Stephan Bonnar made history as it truly put MMA on the map. In the first TUF finale, Griffin would go to war with Bonnar, where both fighters exchanged punches for three straight rounds. The judges ultimately awarded the decision to Griffin, who would later go on to have a very successful, exciting career in the UFC.
Fighting careers always have to come to an end at some point, and it appears that Griffin will finally hang up the gloves for good. Griffin announced his retirement at the UFC 160 post-fight press conference. Now that he is retired, it will be interesting to see what job he has with the UFC company.
Griffin was always entertaining in his fights, whether he won or lost. His career defining moment was when he captured the belt from Rampage Jackson, becoming the new UFC light heavyweight champion of the world. Even though he would later lose the belt to Rashad Evans, he would go on to win some exciting fights against the likes of Tito Ortiz, Rich Franklin, and Ortiz for the final time.
When it’s all said and done, Griffin retired with an overall record of 19-7. He will always be remembered for his war with Bonnar, and his huge upset of Shogun Rua, who is the former Pride light heavyweight champion of the world.