UFC president Dana White doesn’t like to be the bearer of bad news, but time to time he admits that he has to sit down with fighters and give his opinion on their retirement. They don’t always take the advice, but the attempt is still made.
“It’s so hard for these guys to say ‘I’m retired.’ It’s so hard. The same thing with Chuck, I’m going through it with Matt.”
White is referring to Chuck Liddell’s UN-willingness to retire in his decline, which ended in a careeer ending KO at the hands of Rich Franklin that finally convinced the UFC hall-of-famer to take a step back.
“I absolutely, positively want Matt Hughes to retire,” White on Thursday told a small group of assembled media following a news conference for UFC on FOX 4. “What else is there to accomplish? The guy’s done everything. He’s been a staple in this organization for a long time. He’s been f—— awesome. There’s nothing left to prove.”
“I would like Forrest to retire. There’s nothing left for Forrest to prove, either. He won ‘The Ultimate Fighter,’ he’s had an amazing career, he won the title when everyone thought he couldn’t, he’s made s— loads of money, he’s got a beautiful wife, he’s got a baby.
Griffin at times recently admitted a lack of ambition. If that’s truly the case, White suggests he has no reason to continue on in the organization.
“If you don’t want to be a world champion and you’re not in the mix, like I call it, why? What’s the point?”
“I get it – it’s hard to walk away from walking into the arena with the big crowds and all the s—. But there’s a point in time when it’s like, ‘You’ve done your thing, man. You’ve had an amazing career, you’ve done great things – there’s nothing left to prove.’
“He doesn’t like hearing it. He doesn’t want to hear me.”
Transcribed via MMAJunkie.com