Former UFC champion Forrest Griffin announces MMA retirement with Dana White

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion and The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season one winner Forrest Griffin announced his retirement from mixed martial arts competition on Saturday night (May 25, 2013) after 26 professional fights.

Forrest Griffin (19-7), a fighter who is one of the most recognizable names in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) brand, announced his retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA) on Saturday evening (May 25, 2013) at the UFC 160 post-fight press conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 33-year-old most has fought in the UFC since 2005, amassing a 10-5 record in his 15-fight career in the organization. He is a former Light Heavyweight champion and one of the most famous names in the sport dating back to his revolutionary three-round war with Stephan Bonnar in the finale of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) in April 2005.

There have been plenty of fighters who have stuck around the sport for too long, but at the time of his retirement, Griffin is still considered a top-15 light heavyweight. While he could likely still compete with the very best in the world, the injuries have begun to stack up after a long career and blown out knee was the last straw.

UFC President Dana White suggested that Griffin retire from the sport in Aug. 2012, saying that he has nothing left to prove, and after sustaining multiple injuries since those comments and pulling out of more fights than he's competed in, Griffin now wishes he had listened.

"When Dana White says you should retire, you should retire," said Griffin. "Or else you blow your knee out before your next fight."

"Two of my last three fights I have pulled out before of injury ... I wouldn't invest in me at this point."

Griffin is 3-1 in his last four bouts and most recently competed at UFC 148 in July where he defeated UFC Hall-of-Fame inductee Tito Ortiz via unanimous decision. Other notable moments in his career include the memorable upset of Mauricio Rua in 2007, his trilogy with Ortiz and of course, his title-winning performance against Quinton Jackson at UFC 86.

White stated at the press conference that Griffin will be apart of the UFC family "for life" and he can look forward to working with the organization in a behind-the-scenes role, much like Chuck Liddell. Although he jokingly stated he hopes Griffin works more than "The Iceman."

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