Forrest Griffin started as a fighter and law enforcement officer outside Augusta, Georgia during his college years. After some time, and some success, he quit his job as a law enforcer to pursue a professional career in Mixed Martial Arts. Who would have though that a college degree, a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and years of experience would result in him pursuing his dreams? Well, isn’t that hows it’s supposed to work?
Griffin, known best for winning The Ultimate Fighter 1, has since progressed into a 17-6 fighter. He trains and instructs at the Warrior Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, he works with Ricardo Cavalcanti, Rick Davis and Norm Turner to train and help train fighters like Heath Herring, Bryan Humes, John Wood and Brandon Sene.
Griffin strives to improve his fight, having faced Tito Ortiz for the second time just this past Saturday. This time, unlike the first, he walked out of the Octagon victorious. Griffin fought smart enough to earn another split decision but with his name as the victor in 2009.
Even though he trains and instructs, he’s had his fair share of defeats. Most recently, he was knocked out by Anderson Silva in August 2009 in Philadelphia, PA at UFC 101: Declaration. Griffin was out of the Octagon before the referees could even raise Silva’s hand. Since then, he has not mentioned the fight other than to say he was not with it that day.
He also lost a controversial match against Ortiz in 2006. Though he lost the decision, he won over many fans for being able to withstand any punch Ortiz threw at him.
Griffin was also featured as a coach in The Ultimate Fighter: Team Rampage vs. Team Forrest which aired in 2008 where he coached Luke Zachrich and Nick Klein among others.
In an article published by Brett Okamoto in the Las Vegas Sun, Griffin displayed his true colors. A fighter and instructor by day, Griffin moonlights as a regular comedian. Okamoto opened with “In even the shortest of conversations, it’s a safe bet that Griffin will stray completely off topic, make fun of himself and others, and crack at least one joke that no one knows is a joke and, therefore, doesn’t laugh at.”
I guess some guys just get it all; the fight, the gym and a sense of humor.