Forrest Griffin: 6 Reasons He Should Consider Retirement
During his time with the UFC, Griffin has put on many memorable performances and accumulated a larger fan following than most fighters could even dream of.
He has been such a consistent presence in the UFC for so long now, that picturing the promotion without him seems strange.
But, all good things must come to an end.
At UFC 134, Griffin was knocked out by Mauricio Rua in under two minutes, putting him at 2-3 in his past five fights.
Indeed, it's been while since we've seen Griffin put on a performance like he gave against Jackson to win the light heavyweight strap and it seems like the former champ is on the decline.
Here's six reasons Forrest Griffin should be considering retirement right now...
He's Already Cemented His Legacy in the Sport
At The first Ultimate Fighter Finale, Griffin defeated Stephan Bonnar by unanimous decision in what was one the most excitingly reckless, back and forth fights in MMA history.
That bout is considered to be the most important fight in UFC history, and it alone guaranteed that Griffin would never be forgotten.
Everything after that just further solidified his legacy.
If Griffin does decide to retire, he can rest easy, knowing that MMA fans will always remember him.
He'll Always Have a Job with the UFC
After retiring, if Griffin needs money or still wants to be involved in the sport, Dana White will find something for him to do.
It's no secret that the UFC President takes care of fighters that are in his good books.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell was made the Vice President of Business Development upon his retirement because he wasn't ready to totally leave the sport.
Griffin and his wife just had their first child, so he will definitely be needing money in the future, but he doesn't need to keep fighting in order to bring in the dough; there's definitely something he could do behind the scenes.
He Probably Doesn't Have It in Him to Be Champion Again
Stranger things have happened, but I feel as though it's safe to say we will never again see Griffin wearing UFC gold.
He's won just two fights since winning the belt in 2008, defeating Tito Ortiz and Rich Franklin by decision.
Ortiz and Franklin are both great fighters, but they are also passed their primes and not terribly dangerous anymore.
Against more relevant competition, Griffin has had much less success lately, suffering brutal knockout losses at the hands of Rashad Evans, Anderson Silva and Mauricio Rua.
Based on these stats, it seems pretty evident that Griffin can't hang with the best in the world anymore and thus he will never again be champ.
It's Getting Harder and Harder to Watch Him Lose
Everybody hates seeing one of their favorite fighters lose.
It's a tough pill to swallow and the more times it happens, the bigger that pill gets.
At this point, Griffin has suffered four crushing knockout losses in the UFC and we, his fans, don't want to see it happen again.
We all saw what happened to Chuck Liddell when he stuck around for too long. I don't think any of us want to see Griffin end up like that.
Retiring now would definitely save his fans some future mental anguish.
He Would Make a Great Commentator
Griffin is one of the most likeable men to ever step in the cage, as well as being a clever and well-spoken individual.
Not that current UFC commentators Mike Goldberg and Joe Rogan aren't doing a phenomenal job on their own, but it would definitely be interesting to see Griffin join the UFC commentating team.
I could see Griffin and Rogan doing a lot of kidding around, given that Griffin is known for his sense of humor and Rogan is a legitimate stand-up comedian.
Also, as a former fighter, Forrest's insights into the technical aspects of fights would be invaluable.
He Doesn't Seem Motivated to Fight Anymore
In a recent blog, Griffin talked about his life as a fighter and his outlook was bleak, to say the least.
He spoke at length about how he was no longer having fun doing this and he also said that he isn't getting any better.
Essentially what he communicated is that he is now fighting just for the money, so that he can take care of his family.
As noble a purpose as that is, Griffin doesn't need to keep fighting if he doesn't want to; there are other ways for him to make money (see slide 3).
I love watching Griffin fight, but if he doesn't want to do it anymore, then he should stop. Sticking around just to make some more cash will likely just result in more losses and will diminish his legacy.