Forrest Griffin Retires from MMA

Forrest Griffin

 

Forrest Griffin

  • 19-7 MMA / 10-5 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz (x2), Rich Franklin

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Forrest Griffin announced his retirement from the sport in a special press conference following UFC 160. Lingering injuries that have forced him out of scheduled fights this past year, were the main reasoning behind his decision.

Griffin will always be known for making the UFC what it is today, thanks to his epic three round war with Stephan Bonnar at the first Ultimate Fighter finale back in April of 2005. He became the UFC 205-pound champion in July of 2008, after beating Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson by unanimous decision at UFC 86. Griffin would end up losing the belt to Rashad Evans in his first title defense, by third round TKO. Other notable wins in Forrest Griffin’s career include a submission victory over Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and two decision wins over Tito Ortiz.

Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar will be the next two inductees into the UFC Hall of Fame at the next UFC Fan Expo leading up to UFC 162 in July.

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Forrest Griffin vs Phil Davis Set for UFC 155

Forrest Griffin

  • 19-7 MMA / 10-5 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz (x2), Rich Franklin

 

Phil Davis

  • 10-1 MMA / 6-1 UFC
  • Won 10 of Last 11 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Alexander Gustafsson, Tim Boetsch, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

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UFC 155

December 29th, 2012

Las Vegas, Nevada

MGM Grand Garden Arena

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Forrest Griffin earned his third win out of four fights, when he defeated Tito Ortiz by unanimous decision at UFC 148. His only loss was in his rematch against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, getting stopped in the first round by knockout.

Phil Davis returned to his winning ways at UFC 153 with a second round anaconda choke to defeat Wagner Prado. The win was his first since suffering his first professional loss to Rashad Evans at UFC on FOX 2. Davis also holds key wins over Alexander Gustafsson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Chael Sonnen vs Forrest Griffin II Targeted for December 29th UFC Event

Chael Sonnen

  • 27-12-1 MMA / 6-5 UFC Record
  • Won 2 of Last 3 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Yushin Okami, Nate Marquardt, Michael Bisping

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Forrest Griffin

  • 19-7 MMA / 10-5 UFC Record
  • Won 3 of Last 4 Fights
  • Notable Wins: Rampage Jackson, Tito Ortiz (x2), Rich Franklin

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Event TBD (Expected to be UFC 155)

December 29th, 2012

Las Vegas, Nevada

Venue TBD

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Chael Sonnen will move up to the light heavyweight division after failing to take UFC gold from Anderson Silva for the second time. At UFC 148, Silva defeated Sonnen with a second round TKO. Besides Anderson Silva, Sonnen defeated the who’s who of middleweight division, including Yushin Okami, Brian Stann, and Michael Bisping.

Forrest Griffin earned his third win out of four fights, when he defeated Tito Ortiz by unanimous decision at UFC 148. His only loss was in his rematch against Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, getting stopped in the first round by knockout.