It’s not uncommon to hear fighters in their late 30s discuss the possibility of one last run at the title. What’s far rarer, however, is a former champion who is only 32 talking retirement rather than aspirations to win divisional gold.
UFC superstar Forrest Griffin was recently asked about his immediate future and made it clear he won’t be threatening for a belt at any point in the future because he doesn’t think he’s an elite competitor.
“I don’t foresee the huge comeback. I worked out with that (Alexander) Gustafsson kid. Young guys, man. I’m old now. I like what Rich Franklin has done, there’s still a lot of guys I can beat — but I don’t know how many of those guys are in the Top 10. I’m still, I’d say, one of the Top 25 guys in the world at 205 pounds; problem is I keep fighting the top 5-to-10 guys in the world,” said Griffin in an interview with ESPN.
Griffin holds an overall record of 18-7 with wins over some of MMA’s top names such as Quinton Jackson and Mauricio Rua. Unfortunately, he’s also only 2-3 in his last five outings with all of the losses involving some form of strike-based stoppage.
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MMATraining Take: It’s wild to see someone washed up at 32 who had Griffin’s potential. Sadly, his chin has been shot for awhile and he hasn’t beaten a Top 10 guy in four years. On the bright side, it’s nice to see an athlete who is a realist instead of idealist.