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May 27, 2013
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Man, we're really bummed to see Forrest Griffin hang up his MMA gloves for good. The former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, famous for winning the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, officially announced his retirement at the post-event press conference for UFC 160 last Sunday. UFC President Dana White also announced that he will personally induct Forrest and former rival Stephan Bonnar in the UFC Hall of Fame this July.


"It's been a good eight years, I guess," Griffin (19-7) told MMAJunkie.com right after the announcement. "The biggest thing I learned is when Dana says retire. You should retire." Prior to his announcement, Forrest has long been suffering from knee and shoulder injuries, consistently forcing him to back out from fights for the past two years. Griffin last fought in July 2012, sending Tito Ortiz into retirement with a unanimous decision win (little did we know it would be his farewell fight as well).

In line with this announcement, we're paying homage to Forrest Griffin and the things that made him the ultimate fighting shiznit in our book. It's not too late to change your mind, brah!

He takes some of the credit for bringing the UFC back in the map

"I truly believe we are where we are because of this guy," says Dana White of Forrest. "He's one of the guys who has been one of the building blocks in this sport and in this company." Dana is talking about Griffin's epic slugfest against Bonnar in the first ever Ultimate Fighter finale back in 2005, which garnered enough buzz to introduce the organization to mainstream sports fans. Griffin and Bonnar exchanged punches and submission holds in all three rounds, with the bout ending with Forrest winning a close decision and both fighters getting rewarded with UFC contracts.

Forrest Griffin

He made a career out of upsetting heavy favorites...

Griffin was still shaking off the cobwebs of his consecutive losses when he was selected as the welcoming committee for UFC-debuting Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, then ranked the number one light heavyweight in the world. Dubbed as an underdog, and with a shoulder injury in tow, Griffin shocked the world by finishing Rua with a rear naked choke with 15 seconds left in the final round. Forrest went on to win the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship with a unanimous decision win over Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, another heavy favorite.

Forrest Griffin

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