Forrest Griffin: The True Ultimate Fighter

ALar takes a look at the career and legacy of the original ‘Ultimate Fighter’

MMA: UFC 148-Griffin vs OrtizAfter a rousing evening at the bossman’s crib watching UFC 160, I proceeded to head back to my humble abode and boot up my MacBook to check out the event’s post fight press conference. As the event stream began, Dana White began to laud the superlatives of a fighter whose retirement he was about to announce. I assumed that this fighter was Matt Serra, as the one time Welterweight champ had announced his retirement earlier in the week. Without naming the said retiree, White segued to a video package. As the camera panned, the Dropkick Murphy’s “Shipping up to Boston” blared and Forrest Griffin filled the screen. I was shocked. Saddened, even. Will I really never have the opportunity to watch this guy in the Octagon again? Griffin’s career has spanned the entire time period that I have followed MMA. I knew him as the original Ultimate Fighter winner; somehow, some way, he represented my association with the sport. He was an easy guy to root for and a pure entertainer inside and outside of the cage. With Forrest’s career coming to an end, it seems as though the MMA blogosphere is relatively quiet about one of the foundations of the current iteration of the sport hanging up his gloves for good. Why is this? The lackluster run of fights he had at the end? The Silva debacle? Who knows, but would the sport be where it is today without Forrest Griffin? Possibly, but there is no doubt in my mind that the gregarious Griffin certainly helped the UFC reach the unprecedented heights that it is experiencing today.

What do you think Forrest Griffin's legacy is?

What do you think Forrest Griffin’s legacy is?

I could wax poetic about Griffin’s career for thousands of words, but will work to keep this on the shorter side. Something about Griffin drew fans like me to fervently root for the guy. Whether it was his odd but entertaining interview demeanor, or his willingness to scrap with anyone in the sport, the guy could draw a crowd. Whenever ‘Shipping up to Boston’ hit the speakers, you always knew a battle was about to go down in the cage. From his seminal Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale slugfest with Stephan Bonnar, to his upset win over UFC newcomer Shogun Rua, Griffin defied all odds.

What other professional cage fighter would be caught dead dressed like this?

What other professional cage fighter would be caught dead dressed like this?

He has an ‘average white guy’ quality to him that many fans (including myself) could identify with. It seemed as though when he racked up the wins and accolades fans were just in disbelief that this gorilla man was one of the best fighters on the planet Earth. I don’t know if the MMA community ever truly appreciated Forrest Griffin. As soon as he reached the zenith of the sport and won the Light Heavyweight title, he was soon brought crashing down to earth by consecutive devastating losses to Rashad Evans and Anderson Silva. Unfortunately, after these two losses, Griffin became more of an Internet meme, rather than a celebrated foundation to the UFC’s current thriving state. Sure he beat up on Rich Franklin and Tito Ortiz (twice…) after those losses, but we never really got another shining moment from Forrest after those KOs .

Fans may be tempered about his retirement because of the mild taste his last few trips to the cage left on our collective palates, but it needs to be noted that this guy is one of the greatest to ever do it. Forrest exemplifies the ‘zero to hero’ story that we love so much here in America and his career reached heights that no one thought possible. Hats off to Forrest Griffin, one of the best to ever step foot in the Octagon. Here’s to defying the odds and kicking ass for the last eight years.

Keep on kickin' ass, Forrest

Keep on kickin’ ass, Forrest

This entry was posted in MMA, News, Opinion and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to Forrest Griffin: The True Ultimate Fighter

  1. Forest, we’ll miss you. Hopefully you’ll write a few more books!

  2. Engage in more than 250 enjoyable degrees throughout Report, Challenge, as well
    as Countless strategy though locating the stolen artifacts in addition to
    difficult minions from the heavy. Appreciate
    excellent personal computer online games, generate exclusive power-ups, in
    addition to generate masterful triumphs.

    LAPTOP OR COMPUTER Online game — Adelantado Trilogy: Book
    One particular

    Complete you like to investigate the fantastic tricks on
    the marketplace that cover inside Adelantado Trilogy:
    E-book Free clash Clans One? Find out and also salt apart this shed dispatch along with Wear Diego
    De Leon, your daring in addition to commendable police officer.
    Make friends with all the natives who can possibly be regarding be an aid to an individual.

    Guide the locals recover their properties, crop food, along with build
    a settlement. Boost your own skills to have every one of the most beloved
    destinations as well as accomplish great trophies within this tough
    pc sport.

    Love this particular thrilling Strategy online game simply by emotion
    that you are generally between the very first to create base within Adelantado.
    Your pursuit is probably not easy due to the fact you’ve got more pleasant discovering the is and also forget about that you are onto it for any purpose. The actual Spanish-inspired soundtrack can make you’re feeling this is
    is usually your own house. Arranged your preferred problems options starting from relaxed to be able to tricky, and 15 huge routes to examine.

    You may be given a extra map if you’re able to finish other ranges that has a precious metal ranking. Don’t forget
    to save lots of this dropped adventure and have absolutely
    enjoyable prize hunting!

    These kinds of enjoyable personal computer game titles will really obstacle you and allow anyone entertaining simultaneously!

    Read much more critiques and info on download game titles for ones
    computer pay a visit to: Our Free download Online games

    Associated Content articles – personal computer online games, ps video game titles
    assessment, on-line games assessment, computer games on the internet, buy online games, acquire online games on the web, cost-free video games, download free video games,

    E mail this short article with a Good friend!

    Get Articles or blog posts in this way just one immediate to your e mail container!
    Register totally free nowadays!

  3. Theodore says:

    wonderful submit, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector don’t realize
    this. You should proceed your writing. I’m confident, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

  4. ALar says:

    Thanks Theodore!

  5. Guys on forums say there is no working roulette system, you can’t beat
    it in the long run, but i’m using bluehand roulette system for weeks and it earns
    me decent money everyday, maybe couple of weeks is not a long run, maybe
    i am lucky

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s