Forrest Griffin has made a career out of surprising people. The former Georgia cop-turned mixed martial artist has done it again -- only this time its for his accomplishments outside the Octagon.
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner from the inaugural season and previously ranked number one light heavyweight fighter in the world now finds himself ranked number eight in the top 10 of the New York Times best-seller list for hardcover advice books.
If you have had the opportunity to spend a little time with Griffin, as well as read the book, it should come as no surprise though. His blend of biting sarcasm, self deprecating humor and down-to-earth personality lends itself perfectly to any medium fans can easily access.
His book, "Got Fight?," which is subtitled "The 50 Zen Principles of Hand-to-Face Combat" brought all of that together in an engrossing read that went well beyond the ‘been there done that’ autobiographical.
When MMAmania.com had the chance to attend his book signing out in Long Island, N.Y., on June 1, 2009, it was enlightening to witness how well fans connected with Griffin and how well he connected back in response.
From opening line, the crowd applauded the former light heavyweight champion when he quipped, "Calm down, it’s not going to be that good. Take some of those claps back."
Griffin revealed to us beforehand he actually enjoyed the process of putting his thoughts down on paper and having people actually read them. "It’s flattering that people would give up 20 bucks to read what my dumb ass thinks."
He must now be flattered tenfold after hearing this latest good news.