Forrest Griffin may have recently retired, after taking a controversial decision win over Tito Ortiz, however it doesn’t mean we have seen the last of the first TUF champ. We will see the former champ inducted into the UFC Hall-of-Fame at the July 5-6 UFC Fan Expo, alongside longtime friend Stephan Bonnar.
“I’ll start training again, September, August. Maybe if I’m just magically healed and like everything works great, then I’ll have to try [fighting] again. But, I’m not healthy now.”
Interestingly, Forrest was not even picked to be on the season, as he was actually a last minute replacement for someone who had failed their drug test for marijuana.
“I was actually a last minute replacement,” Griffin explained. “Some poor guy, who I won’t name, actually failed his drug test for weed, and so I got his spot. I only had 17 days notice. I had just become a cop, and I’d quit my job being a cop in 2002 to become a professional cage fighter. And after years of being broke, and then a low-level bouncer, I decided to finish college and go back to law enforcement.”
“And I had just started, had a new job, things were looking up, I was maybe going to take some grad school classes or something – probably not, but the idea was there. I had the application anyway. I was going to do it. But then I was like, ‘Man, it’s that evil mistress, she’s come back. She’s broke my heart once, but she wants me back.’ So I gave it another shot.
“I’m glad,” Griffin said.”If I didn’t, I would have a lot of regret. Like ‘Man, I could’ve been a big superstar like that Stephan Bonnar if I had only done that show. If they’d given me more than 17 days notice’.” - MMaFightCorner