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Forrest Griffin

Forrest Griffin
Born (1979-07-01) July 1, 1979
Columbus, Ohio, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)[1]
Weight 204 lb (93 kg; 14 st 8 lb)
Division Light Heavyweight
Reach 77 in (196 cm)
Stance Orthodox
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada
Team Throwdown Training Center & Xtreme Couture
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Robert Drysdale[2]
Years active 2001–2013
Mixed martial arts record
Total 26
Wins 19
By knockout 3
By submission 7
By decision 9
Losses 7
By knockout 5
By decision 2
University University of Georgia
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
last updated on: September 15, 2011 (2011-09-15)

Forrest Griffin (born July 1, 1979) is an American retired The Ultimate Fighter. In the tournament finals, he fought and defeated Stephan Bonnar in Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar, which is widely credited as sparking the current success of the UFC. He went on to serve as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter 7 opposite Quinton Jackson. Griffin, Rashad Evans and Matt Serra are the only fighters to go from winning The Ultimate Fighter to winning a UFC championship.


  • Early life 1
  • Early Mixed martial arts career 2
  • The Ultimate Fighter 3
    • Griffin vs. Bonnar 3.1
  • Rise To Fame 4
    • Griffin vs. Ortiz 4.1
    • Griffin vs. Bonnar II 4.2
    • Griffin vs. Jardine 4.3
    • Staph Infection 4.4
    • Griffin vs. Ramirez 4.5
    • Griffin vs. Shogun 4.6
  • Coaching The Ultimate Fighter 7 5
  • Winning and Losing the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and Rematches 6
    • Griffin vs. Jackson 6.1
    • Griffin vs. Evans 6.2
    • Griffin vs. Silva 6.3
    • Griffin vs. Ortiz II 6.4
    • Shoulder Injury 6.5
    • Griffin vs. Franklin 6.6
    • Griffin vs. Shogun II 6.7
    • Griffin vs. Ortiz III 6.8
    • MCL & ACL Injury 6.9
    • Retirement and UFC Hall of Fame 6.10
  • Personal life 7
  • Championships and awards 8
    • Mixed martial arts 8.1
  • Mixed martial arts record 9
  • Books 10
  • Filmography 11
    • Films 11.1
    • Television 11.2
    • Video Games 11.3
  • See also 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14

Early life

Griffin graduated from

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Quinton Jackson
8th UFC Light Heavyweight Champion
July 5, 2008 – December 27, 2008
Succeeded by
Rashad Evans
  • Official website
  • Professional MMA record for Forrest Griffin from Sherdog
  • Forrest Griffin at the Internet Movie Database
  • UFC Profile
  • Griffin's Second Book

External links

  1. ^ "Forrest Griffin". Official UFC Profile.  
  2. ^ "Forrest Griffin earns black belt in BJJ". November 14, 2010. 
  3. ^ Forrest Griffin News, Photos and Videos |
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  7. ^ Forrest Griffin - The Ultimate Fighter
  8. ^ "Sherdog Mixed Martial Arts Forums". Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Dave Meltzer. "UFC’s greatest hits: the middle years". Yahoo!. 
  10. ^ Forrest Griffin - The Ultimate Fighter
  11. ^ "UFC 62 - Liddell vs. Sobral". Sherdog. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
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  13. ^ "". Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  14. ^ Bolduc, Justin (February 23, 2007). "Arlovski vs. Werdum at UFC 70". 
  15. ^ "UFC 72 "Victory" Live Play-by-Play". Sherdog. 
  16. ^ "Congrats @amirmma Sadollah Breaks Record For Most Leg Kicks In A UFC Fight". November 14, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Shogun to Face Griffin, Not Machida". July 19, 2007. Retrieved July 19, 2007. 
  18. ^ "Forrest Griffin to have shoulder surgery". February 23, 2007. 
  19. ^ "One Coach Officially Announced for The Ultimate Fighter 7". MMAFrenzy. 
  20. ^ "Welcome to". Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  21. ^ "No Joke. Griffin on Serious Rampage for Jackson". July 4, 2008. Retrieved July 4, 2008. 
  22. ^ "UFC 86 REVIEW: MAIN EVENT WOWS, FORREST WINS!". July 6, 2008. Retrieved July 6, 2008. 
  23. ^ "UFC 86 'Jackson vs. Griffin' Play-by-Play". Sherdog. 
  24. ^ "UFC 86 decision spotlights scoring system". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  25. ^ Mike Sloan. "Griffin Snatches UFC Title with Controversial Win". Sherdog. 
  26. ^ "UFC 86 Review: Main Event Wows, Forrest Wins!". Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  27. ^ "Juanito Ibarra Holding Off On Protest". 
  28. ^ John Morgan. "Griffin, Jackson, Guillard and Miller earn $60K UFC 86 bonuses". MMAjunkie. 
  29. ^ Joe Hall. "Evans, Mir Crowned; Rampage Gets Revenge". Sherdog. 
  30. ^ "UFC 92 Play-by-Play". Sherdog. 
  31. ^ "Forrest Griffin Suffers Broken Hand In Loss". December 28, 2008. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  32. ^ Kevin Iole. "UFC signs Silva-Griffin blockbuster". Yahoo!. 
  33. ^ Davies, Gareth A (August 9, 2009). "Forrest Griffin camp reveal dislocated jaw as Anderson Silva contemplates Lyoto Machida". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  34. ^ Davies, Gareth A (August 9, 2009). "UFC 101: Forrest 'not injured' confirms his boxing coach". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved March 12, 2012. 
  35. ^ "Griffin uninjured, not dealing well with loss". Yahoo!. 
  36. ^ Staff (August 11, 2009). "Handful of medical suspensions follow UFC 101, Tamdan McCrory needs doctor's clearance". Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  37. ^ "ShowdownJoe's Tweet". August 9, 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  38. ^ "Why did Forrest Griffin Run – No Broken Jaw!". August 9, 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  39. ^ Brian Knapp. "Ortiz-Griffin Rematch Slated for UFC 106". Sherdog. 
  40. ^ "GRIFFIN SETTLES THE SCORE WITH ORTIZ". November 22, 2009. Retrieved 2011-07-24. 
  41. ^ "Injury pulls Griffin off UFC 114". May 4, 2010. 
  42. ^ "Evans, Bisping, Nogueira win at decision-filled UFC 114". USA Today. May 30, 2010. 
  43. ^ "Rich Franklin vs. Forrest Griffin Fight Planned for Feb. 5 UFC Card". October 5, 2010. 
  44. ^ "UFC 126 medical suspensions: Griffin and Ellenberger facing potential long layoffs". MMAjunkie. 
  45. ^ "Forrest Griffin vs. Mauricio Rua Rematch to Take Place at UFC Rio Event". MMAfighting. April 15, 2011. 
  46. ^ "Forrest Griffin out 6 months possibly". mmajunkie. August 31, 2011. 
  47. ^ "UFC 134 Post Fight: Forrest Griffin Makes No Excuses, Dana White Calls Him a Warrior". Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  48. ^ "Tito Ortiz Vs. Forrest Griffin III Set For July's UFC 148". March 20, 2012. 
  49. ^ "TForrest takes Tito's moment of glory". July 8, 2012. 
  50. ^ Helwani, Areil (August 14, 2012). "Chael Sonnen to Meet Forrest Griffin in Light Heavyweight Bout on December 29". 
  51. ^ Whitman, Mike (2012-10-19). "Phil Davis Replaces Chael Sonnen, Meets Forrest Griffin at UFC 155 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas". Retrieved 2012-10-24. 
  52. ^ "Forrest Griffin Out of UFC 155 with Knee Injury". 2012-12-05. 
  53. ^ "UFC's Forrest Griffin targets late 2013 for return". March 5, 2013. 
  54. ^ TUF' winner, former light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin retires from UFC"'". May 26, 2013. 
  55. ^ "Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar Will Enter UFC Hall of Fame Together in July". May 26, 2013. 
  56. ^ "Forrest Griffin married girlfriend over the weekend". 2009-09-23. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  57. ^ "Forrest Griffin blog". 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  58. ^ "Griffin won't blame distractions for defeat". 2011-08-29. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  59. ^ "Tito Ortiz Bio, Videos, Photos + Ronin5 MMA Clothing - MMA Shirts - Martial arts t-shirts". Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  60. ^ "Forrest Griffin Served 30-Day Suspension, Paid Fine After Positive Drug Test at UFC 101". Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  61. ^ Nate Wilcox. "More details emerge on Forrest Griffin drug test failure and suspension". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 12 July 2015. 


See also

Year Title Role Notes
2009 UFC 2009 Undisputed Himself
2010 UFC Undisputed 2010 Himself
2012 UFC Undisputed 3 Himself
2014 EA Sports UFC Himself

Video Games

Year Title Role Notes
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mike Kona Episode: "Fight"
2008 The Ultimate Fighter Host
2012 The Roots of Fight 2 episodes


Year Title Role Notes
2009 I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell Better Cop
2010 13 Joey Blarro
2010 Unrivaled Landon 'The Brither' Popoff
2010 Locked Down Mule



Griffin is the author of two books, 2009's Got Fight?: 50 Zen Principles of Hand-to-Face Combat and 2010's Be Ready When The Shit Goes Down: A Survival Guide to the Apocalypse, which both received positive reviews.


Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 19–7 Tito Ortiz Decision (unanimous) UFC 148 July 7, 2012 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Fight of the Night.
Loss 18–7 Maurício Rua KO (punches) UFC 134 August 27, 2011 1 1:53 Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Win 18–6 Rich Franklin Decision (unanimous) UFC 126 February 5, 2011 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 17–6 Tito Ortiz Decision (split) UFC 106 November 21, 2009 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 16–6 Anderson Silva KO (punch) UFC 101 August 8, 2009 1 3:23 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States Fight of the Night - tested positive for the use of Xanax[60][61]
Loss 16–5 Rashad Evans TKO (punches) UFC 92 December 27, 2008 3 2:46 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Lost UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Fight of the Night.
Win 16–4 Quinton Jackson Decision (unanimous) UFC 86 July 5, 2008 5 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won UFC Light Heavyweight Championship; Fight of the Night; 2008 Fight of the Year.
Win 15–4 Maurício Rua Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 76 September 22, 2007 3 4:45 Anaheim, California, United States Submission of the Night; 2007 Upset of the Year.
Win 14–4 Hector Ramirez Decision (unanimous) UFC 72 June 16, 2007 3 5:00 Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Loss 13–4 Keith Jardine TKO (punches) UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz December 30, 2006 1 4:41 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 13–3 Stephan Bonnar Decision (unanimous) UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral August 26, 2006 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 12–3 Tito Ortiz Decision (split) UFC 59: Reality Check April 15, 2006 3 5:00 Anaheim, California, United States 2006 Fight of the Year.
Win 12–2 Elvis Sinosic KO (punches) UFC 55 October 7, 2005 1 3:30 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States
Win 11–2 Bill Mahood Submission (rear-naked choke) UFC 53 June 4, 2005 1 2:18 Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 10–2 Stephan Bonnar Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale April 9, 2005 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 1: Light Heavyweight; 2005 Fight of the Year.
Win 9–2 Edson Paredao KO (punch) Heat FC 2: Evolution December 18, 2003 1 1:04 Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Loss 8–2 Jeremy Horn KO (head kick) IFC: Global Domination September 6, 2003 2 3:40 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 8–1 Chael Sonnen Submission (triangle choke) IFC: Global Domination September 6, 2003 1 2:25 Denver, Colorado, United States
Win 7–1 Ebenezer Fontes Braga Submission (rear-naked choke) Heat FC 1: Genesis July 31, 2003 1 N/A Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Win 6–1 Steve Sayegh Submission (punches) KOTC 20 - Crossroads December 15, 2002 1 1:45 Bernalillo, New Mexico, United States
Win 5–1 Travis Fulton TKO (doctor stoppage) CC 1: Halloween Heat, ISCF Sanctioned October 26, 2002 1 5:00 Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Win 4–1 Jeff Monson Decision (unanimous) WEFC 1: Bring It On, ISCF Sanctioned June 29, 2002 4 4:00 Marietta, Georgia, United States
Win 3–1 Kent Hensley Submission (triangle choke) Battle at the Brewery, ISCF Sanctioned April 12, 2002 1 2:26 Atlanta, Georgia United States
Win 2–1 Jason Braswell Decision (split) RSF 7: Animal Instinct January 26, 2002 3 4:00 Lakeland, Florida, United States
Win 1–1 Wiehan Lesh Submission (rear-naked choke) Pride and Honor November 24, 2001 1 N/A South Africa
Loss 0–1 Dan Severn Decision (unanimous) RSF 5: New Blood Conflict, ISCF Sanctioned October 27, 2001 3 4:00 Augusta, Georgia, United States

Mixed martial arts record

Mixed martial arts

Championships and awards

Griffin and his longtime girlfriend Jaime Logiudice were married on September 18, 2009.[56] The couple welcomed their first child, a daughter, in September 2011.[57] Forrest's wife was going into labor (nine days early) as he competed against Maurício "Shogun" Rua at UFC 134 on August 27, 2011.[58]

Personal life

On May 26, 2013, it was announced at the post-event news conference for UFC 160 that Griffin had retired from MMA fighting, citing chronic injuries as the reason for his decision.[54] After the announcement of Griffin's retirement, Dana White announced that Griffin and Stephan Bonnar would be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on July 6.[55]

Retirement and UFC Hall of Fame

Griffin hoped to return from injury by the end of 2013.[53]

Griffin was expected to fight Chael Sonnen in a rematch on December 29, 2012 at UFC 155. Instead Sonnen was pulled out of the fight to coach TUF season 17.[50] Griffin was then expected to face Phil Davis at the event.[51] However, on December 5 it was announced that Forrest was forced out of the bout due to an MCL tear and ACL strain.[52]

MCL & ACL Injury

This fight marked the third time in his career that he left the Octagon on unusual terms, simply walking out before the fight results were read. He later went back to the ring and gave Tito Ortiz an awkward interview.[49]

Griffin faced Tito Ortiz for a third time on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. He won the fight via a 29-28 unanimous decision out-striking Ortiz 2:1 despite being knocked down by Ortiz as well as being taken down twice.[48] The fight also won Fight of the Night earning both Griffin and Ortiz a fight bonus.

Griffin vs. Ortiz III

A rematch with Maurício Rua took place on August 27, 2011 at UFC 134.[45] Griffin lost the bout via KO (punches) in the first round and is out up to 6 months with possible right-foot and jaw injuries.[46] Before the fight, Griffin was updated that his wife had gone into labor. Dana White also voiced his support for Griffin, stating that he was very proud of him regardless of the loss.[47]

Griffin vs. Shogun II

Griffin faced former UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin on February 5, 2011 at UFC 126.[43] Griffin controlled the majority of the fight showing superior kicks and combinations knocking Franklin down in the second round and also took Franklin down and controlled him on the ground in the 1st round, Griffin went on to win by unanimous decision.[44]

Griffin vs. Franklin

Griffin was expected to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on May 29, 2010 at UFC 114, but Griffin pulled out of the fight due to a shoulder injury.[41] He was replaced by Jason Brilz.[42]

Shoulder Injury

When Mark Coleman got injured and had to drop out of his matchup against Tito Ortiz, Griffin accepted a rematch against Ortiz at UFC 106.[39] Griffin also wore white and black fight shorts instead of his trademark tan shorts for the fight. Griffin went on to win the gory battle by split decision, showing superior striking skills and a stronger ground game than in their previous fight. After the fight Griffin said, “Tito was a great fight for me to come back, we’ll have to do a third that’s 1-1 man.” With a split decision in both of their fights, Griffin seemed more than willing to get a rubber match put together with Ortiz to settle the score once and for all. “You could tell he was a guy getting ready for Mark Coleman, no offense, and he’s a guy coming off back surgery. We’ll do it again, I won’t break my foot, he’ll be in better shape,” commented Griffin.[40]

Griffin vs. Ortiz II

After the fight, Griffin got up from the canvas, left the cage, and jogged out of the arena. It was initially suggested that Griffin was rushed to a hospital due to a dislocated jaw and trouble hearing in one ear.[33] However, it turned out there was no injury to Griffin's jaw.[34][35][36][37][38] Both fighters were awarded $60,000 as Fight of the Night bonuses and Silva received an additional $60,000 in bonus money for Knockout of the Night.

After recovery, Griffin signed on to fight pound-for-pound stalwart Anderson Silva at UFC 101.[32] Griffin was slated to take on Brazilian Thiago Silva, but on April 28, 2009, UFC President Dana White confirmed that he would instead accommodate Anderson's return to the light heavyweight division following his middleweight title defense against Thales Leites at UFC 97. During the bout, Griffin was knocked down three times in the first round by Silva. During the third knockdown, Griffin charged Silva with a flurry of punches, each of which were avoided by sways from Silva, who then countered with a compact right hand whilst retreating, knocking Griffin out.

Griffin vs. Silva

Griffin's first title defense came at UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008, against undefeated challenger Rashad Evans.[29] After Griffin controlled most of the first two rounds with effective striking, Evans caught one of Griffin's kicks and took him down, defeating Griffin by TKO in the third round with ground and pound from inside the champion's guard.[30] The loss was Griffin's third loss since entering the UFC. During the fight Griffin broke his hand,[31] sidelining him for several months.

Griffin vs. Evans

Griffin's documented pay for the fight was $310,000. $100,000 to fight, win bonus of $150,000 and $60,000 for the Fight of the Night award.[28]

The decision was described as controversial by some commentators.[24][25][26] After the fight, Jackson's trainer Juanito Ibarra, unhappy with the judges scoring, expressed plans to protest the unanimous decision with the Nevada State Athletic Commission but never filed as it would not have changed the decision.[27]

Griffin appeared to be in trouble in the first round after being dropped by an uppercut, but he rallied in the second round and landed a damaging leg kick early that severely wobbled Jackson. Griffin followed up with ground strikes and cemented his control, preventing Jackson from mounting any significant offense for the entire round. After three more back and forth rounds, Griffin would go on to win the fight by unanimous decision to capture the light heavyweight title.[23]

On July 5, 2008, Griffin fought the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Viewed as a heavy underdog by many going into the fight,[21] Griffin faced Jackson in a hard fought battle that was named "Fight of the Night" by UFC president Dana White.[22] Griffin won a unanimous decision victory and became the new undisputed UFC Light Heavyweight Champion.

Griffin vs. Jackson

Winning and Losing the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship and Rematches

On June 20, 2008, Griffin co-hosted the 25 Tuffest Moments in The Ultimate Fighter with Stephan Bonnar and Dana White.[20]

During the season all fighters of Team Forrest would make it to the finals consisting of Jon Jones and Rashad Evans, although Taylor was removed from the finals after a security recording was presented to Dana White. He was shown kicking out one of the side windows of a rented limousine. The staff of the hotel where the incident occurred reported that a drunken Taylor had frightened female patrons and confronted hotel security by acting aggressively and screaming that he was a UFC fighter. Dana White told Taylor that this type of behavior was unacceptable and that he believed Taylor did not possess the mental discipline to deal with the pressures of fame and popularity that being in the UFC would put on him. White told Taylor that because of his actions he had forfeited his place in the final match, a decision that an emotional Taylor did not try to protest. His replacement, Team Rampage member C.B. Dollaway, went up against Team Forrest participant Amir Sadollah, with Amir going on to win by armbar in the first round.

On The Ultimate Fighter 6 finale, Dana White announced that Griffin was not only the number one contender for the Light Heavyweight title, but also one of the coaches for The Ultimate Fighter 7 and would fight the other coach at the end of the series.[19] The other coach, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson was announced by Dana White on December 9 at Spike TV's Video Game Awards show.

Coaching The Ultimate Fighter 7

At UFC 76, Griffin fought against PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Champion Maurício Rua.[17] At the time, Shogun was ranked the number one light heavyweight fighter in the world by several MMA publications. Griffin won by rear naked choke at 4:45 of round three. Griffin required surgery after the fight due to a shoulder injury that was sustained before the bout. Griffin's shoulder has been a recurring problem since.[18]

Griffin vs. Shogun

On June 16, 2007 Griffin defeated Hector Ramirez at UFC 72 in Belfast, Northern Ireland via unanimous decision with all three judges scoring the fight 30–27 to Griffin. During the fight, Forrest was able to land 38 leg kicks breaking the UFC record for most leg kicks landed in three five minute rounds.[15] This record has since been broken by Amir Sadollah, who landed 46 against Peter Sobotta at UFC 122.[16]

Griffin vs. Ramirez

Griffin's was scheduled to fight at UFC 70 against Lyoto Machida on April 21, 2007 but he was unable to fight due to a staph infection.[14]

Staph Infection

Griffin was defeated by Ultimate Fighter 2 semifinalist Keith Jardine at UFC 66 by TKO at 4:41 of the first round. After the fight, Griffin sat in his corner crying. Moments later, he walked away from Joe Rogan's attempt to interview him, saying "I don't ev...Keith came in and he did exactly what I wanted to do and he knocked me the fuck out. Let's go home."[13]

Griffin vs. Jardine

At UFC 62, Griffin then fought Stephan Bonnar in a rematch from their earlier fight.[11] Griffin won by unanimous decision, sweeping all three rounds.[12]

Griffin vs. Bonnar II

On April 15, 2006, Griffin fought former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz at UFC 59, in which he lost a controversial split decision.

Griffin vs. Ortiz

Rise To Fame

On the show, he reached the finals where he defeated Stephan Bonnar by unanimous decision. The fight was credited by Dana White as the "most important fight in UFC history"[9] and the fight that brought the UFC into the mainstream. For winning the competition he was given a six-figure professional contract to fight with the UFC.[6][10] The Stephan Bonnar fight was declared the #1 UFC fight of all time in the UFC Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights program.

Griffin vs. Bonnar

Griffin first became well known by taking part in the first-season of Dana White to take part in the show.

The Ultimate Fighter

Before the Ultimate Fighter, he fought the likes of Jeff Monson, Jeremy Horn, Chael Sonnen and early UFC veteran Dan Severn in his first pro fight. Forrest Griffin is also known for a fight with Edson Paradeo, in which Edson broke Griffin's left arm with what appeared to be a badly blocked roundhouse kick aimed at the body. Forrest continued on to win the fight by knockout. As a result of the badly-blocked body kick, he has a huge permanent lump on his left forearm.[8]

Early Mixed martial arts career

He trained at The HardCore Gym in Athens[5] for five years under Adam and Rory Singer.[6] He later left law enforcement to pursue a career in professional mixed martial arts.[7] Griffin is also an MMA instructor at Throwdown Training Center and Robert Drysdale Brazilian jiu-jitsu in Las Vegas, Nevada.


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