Tito Ortiz isn’t the only fighter on the road to retirement apparently. Forrest Griffin, the opponent Tito wants for his final fight, is also thinking about hanging it up.
On MMA Fight Corner radio earlier this week, Forrest said that he’s nearing “the end of the road,” but he wants to get a couple more good fights in first. And he’s fine with one of those fights being Tito Ortiz if the fans want to see it, just as long as it takes place on American soil. Transcription via MMA Mania:
“If people will pay to see that fight, then I’ll get paid to fight that fight. I care more about where I fight, if that fight happens in the United States, the continental United States, I’m down. I don’t travel well. For me, now I’m realizing that I don’t have much left, you know, this is the end of the road for me. I want a couple more fight fights, you know, good ones. That’s all I really want. I think it would (be a good fight) but do people want to see it, you know? (I want) fights where I don’t get knocked out in the first round, fights where I get hurt and bleed a little and get like a little rally, something of the nature.”
The truth is Forrest has had a magnificent career. He’s always be remembered along with Stephan Bonnar for the fight that saved the UFC at the TUF 1 Finale. Not only that, he achieved what the majority of fighters strive for but will never reach — a UFC championship. Problem is Forrest never really showed a lot of interest in getting the light heavyweight strap back after he lost it to Rashad Evans. His first back from that loss was Anderson Silva and we all remember what happened there. He was never really the same after that fight or at least didn’t have the same kind of fire to compete that he had before.
And that’s okay. If he wants to put on a couple more good fights and collect a few more paychecks before he takes off the gloves for the last time, then there’s no reason he shouldn’t be able to. And if him and Tito want to throw down one last time, then I say they’ve earned the right to do that whether anyone really wants to see it or not.
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