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All week long, everywhere Forrest Griffin went, someone shouted "run Forrest run." You leave the cage in shame once, sprinting away in tears like Forrest did against Anderson Silva, and you'll never live it down.
I predict it's not getting any better after his win over a game Tito Ortiz.
Once again, Griffin ran from the cage after a performance high on heart and low on technical and athletic skill. When he came back to the cage to have his hand raised, the crowd let him know in stark terms just how they felt with their boos.
Look, Forrest Griffin will always be a hardcore fan favorite. His role in saving the sport can't be overlooked. He'll always have a place in our hearts.
Because we love Forrest, we owe him the truth. And the truth is, Griffin looked lousy in his last fight against Mauricio Rua and lousy again against Ortiz. He's only fought three times since 2009 and seemed progressively less efficient each time in the cage.
It was well-publicized that this was opponent Tito Ortiz's last fight in the UFC. With a poor showing, might it be Forrest's as well? He told the media he intended to "retire from life," in a losing effort. Those aren't the words of someone thinking fighting is still a long-term option.
With his burgeoning literary career and what must be a nice nest egg, perhaps the end is near for Griffin's storied career too?