Like Boyz II Men once said, "It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday." Unless, of course, you have your boss telling the general public it's time for you to GTFO.
Such is the case with former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin, who rose to power in the 205-pound division after winning the infamous "six-figure" contract on the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).
Griffin (19-7) is 10-5 under the UFC banner, and broke the hearts of PRIDE fans everywhere with back-to-back wins over Mauricio Rua (UFC 76) and Quinton Jackson (UFC 86). His fight against "Rampage" is the one that netted him gold, which he promptly coughed up to Rashad Evans at UFC 92 just a few months later.
UFC President Dana White insists Griffin "has nothing left to prove," after a 10 year career in the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), and should be happy with the "shitloads of money" he's earned and a "beautiful wife" to go home to.
Those comments (via Mayor's Manor) after the jump.
"I would like Forrest to retire. There’s nothing left or Forrest to prove. He won The Ultimate Fighter [TUF] and he’s had an amazing career. He won the title when people thought he couldn’t. He became a huge star. He made shitloads of money. He’s got a beautiful wife, he’s got a baby. You know, if you don’t want to be a world champion and you’re still not in that ‘mix’ – like I call it – why, what’s the point? I get it. I get that it’s hard to walk away from walking into the arena with big crowds, etc. 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."
Griffin's status as a fan favorite took a hit last month at the UFC 148 pay-per-view in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After a close, back-and-forth fight against Tito Ortiz in their rubber match, Griffin stormed out of the cage in disgust, before White had to drag him back into the Octagon. After he was announced as the winner, he ripped the microphone from the hands of UFC color commentator Joe Rogan and conducted his own post-fight interview.
Then it was disclosed he was the latest member of the TRT club.
How about it Maniacs, is it time for Griffin to hang up the gloves? Or does he still have a few miles left on his tires? Any potential fights you'd still like to see?