Forrest Griffin has always been a very self deprecating personality in the sport of MMA. While not carrying the best record as of late, the inaugural Ultimate Fighter winner and former light heavyweight champion still puts on shows. Unfortunately, it seems we are seeing less of the happy-go-lucky Griffin and more of the weird, quirky Forrest as of late. From his in post-fight antics in Tito Ortiz’s retirement speech, to running out of the cage after losing to Silva – many critics have questioned Griffin’s mindset. Recently Forrest was on a radio show and spoke on a couple things that he has never addressed which may add even more question marks going into his upcoming fight against Chael Sonnen.
First question brought up were Griffin’s thoughts on Dana White’s public comment that he believes he should retire. He said that the former champion has nothing to prove as Griffin points out that they’ve lined him up to face former middleweight number one contender Chael Sonnen as he makes his 205 debut. When Forrest spoke on retirement it was actually refreshing. He equated his career to a movie star saying that “you never hear an actor say the movie he is in is subpar, but he sells it like it is the greatest thing ever.” Well, Forrest does not want to do that. He knows his time at the top is over, but still has some mileage left in the cage. He is glad to be the litmus test, or veteran of the octagon who can still kick ass, but he just can’t get the belt.
Then Forrest whipped out something no one had ever heard – that he actually failed his drug test following the loss to Anderson Silva. No, he did not take pain killers or steroids. He actually had taken Xanax the night before the fight because of anxiety.
“I failed my drug test I think for Xanax,” Griffin said. “I had a doctor’s prescription, I was just, I didn’t do it before the fight, I did it the night before, I was nervous and I couldn’t sleep.”
He has a prescription for it, but as he was fighting in Pennsylvania it was invalid. When prompted why he never divulged this before he said “why add more embarrassment to the already disappointing loss. What’s the point.” As stated before, Forrest has always been a quirky one, but he is also refreshing. In MMA or any sport, you do not always get honesty, but it looks like Griffin wants to be honest with himself and the fans.