Newly retired Forrest Griffin’s historic UFC Career

Posted: May 28, 2013 in Commentary/Opinion, Latest news
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Forrest Griffin retired over the weekend and officially moved into the “UFC legends” category with a just handful of others. His career has been amazing really. What does he do well? He’s not overly powerful; his ground game is ok; he’s not quick at all. And still, here we are talking about Griffin going into the UFC Hall of Fame.

He has been credited for having helped spearhead the surge in popularity of the UFC with his epic battle with Stephan Bonnar in The Ultimate Fighter season 1 finale. Widely considered the most important fight in UFC history, Griffin won the fight, and literally introduced the sport to countless new fans, who watched for the first time.

Always one of the sport’s top draws, Griffin fought virtually his entire UFC career in the spotlight. The pinnacle of his run was the night he upset Rampage Jackson to capture the UFC Light Heavyweight belt at UFC 86. Although he would not successfully defend the belt, he went on to have a string of fights that are unparalleled in the promotion.

When you look at the final eight fights of Griffin’s career from a historical perspective, every one of those fights saw Griffin pitted against a former or current UFC title holder. That’s as tough a stretch as nearly anyone in history. In order, those fights were against Rua, Jackson, Evans, Silva, Ortiz, Franklin, Rua and Ortiz.

It was pretty clear to most that Griffin’s days were numbered. He seemed more and more disinterested and aloof in and out of the cage. His fight with Anderson Silva will never be forgotten—and for all the wrong reasons. That said, Griffin will be remembered as one of the most gutty, exciting performers in history. He’s a 5 time winner of Fight of the Night, and added a Submission of the Night as well. He’s a TUF winner and a former Champion. We’ll see what the future brings for Griffin, but for the time being, let’s just enjoy the fight that made Forrest Griffin famous.

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