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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with FORREST GRIFFIN
FORREST GRIFFIN
By Mike Denny for MMA Sports. Photos by Josh Hedges, courtesy of Zuffa, LLC.

He became the first winner of reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter, He won the UFC Light Heavyweight title, His fight with Stephan Bonnar has been listed as one of the greatest fights in MMA history and his colorful character has scored him fans around the world… welcome to the world of Forrest Griffin.

Mike: Congrats on the win over Tito first of all. What are your thoughts on how that fight went down?
Forrest: Umm you know, it was a decent fight I think. I think there were some areas I could have done better, I think if he would have thrown back a little in the 3rd, I could have gone after him a little more. But when I start rushing I end up getting sloppy and that’s when I get put on the floor, and I am tired of that happening.

Mike: Tito made a fuss about the decision, I had you winning in a close fight, do you think it was fair?
Forrest: I had me winning to. And not to be a jerk about it or anything, but I think I could have possibly won all 3 rounds. I mean in the 2nd he had one good takedown, and one good elbow… but I felt like I was winning on the feet and everything. I don’t know, I'm glad I don’t have to score fights. At the end I thought I won, but I knew in my heart I probably could have done more, and not spent as much time on my back… got up quicker, went after him a little more… you know that stuff. I am always a little negative about things, so I wasn’t too sure and asked him "did you just get this one?" and he said "yep"... so I was just like "Shit! Why did I let that happen". I guess I am a worrier. Not a WARRIOR, but a WORRIER.

Mike: You and Tito as coaches of The Ultimate Fighter. Is that something you’d be up for?
Forrest. Yeah man. I'm in. Whatever they think is best, then I'm in. I think Tito and I both have the same game plan that, you know, what ever Dana thinks is best then he is probably right. It’s worked pretty damn good for me so far at least. And now that I think about it, I think it would be a good idea. At first, you know… like the night of the fight when it was brought up I wasn’t too sure about it. But I have a broken foot, and can’t train for like a month, so doing the show would be good rehab for it.

Mike: How do you think the 3rd fight will go?
Forrest: You know, I know he wasn’t 100% and I could have done some stuff better. So I think it will be a good fight man. I mean there are some other guys out there I would like to fight, but whatever. I'm not avoiding a 3rd fight with Tito, and I think it would be a good fight. Thats a pretty non committed answer for ya. (laughs)

Mike: Speaking of other fights, Lil Nog said he would like a fight with you. Is that something you'd be interested in?
Forrest: That is a horrible fight for me. I have trained with his brother a little bit, so he already has the "inside scoop" on me, he's a southpaw, has got a good chin, and has good power. Plus he is pretty solid on the ground. The only place I would have an advantage would be wrestling... and my wrestling is not that good. SO yeah, that’s a tough matchup for me. I'd do it, if that’s what they wanted, but being straight up, there are other guys I'd rather fight.

Mike: Who do you think will win that one?
Forrest: I don’t know. Rashad pulls stuff out of his butt sometimes. He's one of those guys that can just pull stuff out of his butt, or maybe doesn’t always fight to his potential. I'm not sure which it is. I mean in his fights with Lambert and that dude he head kicked... Sean Salmon, he looked really good. But then in his fight with Stephan (Bonnar), he just kind of laid and prayed. So he is one of those up and down fighters. If he goes back to his roots and uses his wrestling and ground and pound... which I think was pretty decent in the fight with me, and the Lambert fight then you never know... (laughs) that was a lot of talk that led to nowhere. You’re welcome.

Mike: (laughs) Thanks. So let’s touch on your book for a minute.
Forrest: Good. I was hoping we could touch on that. I need to push that, and you should get people to buy it.

Mike: Don’t worry; I bought two for Christmas gifts.
Forrest: Sweet! You’re awesome. Thanks. The book company is getting on me about pushing it, and doing the new book… I think I'm gonna punch them in the liver.

Mike: Wait, so there’s gonna be another book?
Forrest: Hell yeah there is! I didn’t actually finish the first book in time. The final copy came in like a week or two before my fight with Rashad, so I just left it on the floor, cause I didn’t have time to deal with it then. So I finished it afterwards and they were like "its too late, it’s out of our hands now". Apparently there is a big turnaround on books. I didn’t know that. I do now though… but yeah the new one is gonna be called "When Shit Goes Down You Better Be Ready, Forrest Griffins Guide to the Apocalypse". They are getting on me already about that. Saying kids won’t buy it cause it says shit, but I'm gonna say it again… and put it on the cover cause its true! It will start off with a little guide by me, and you know video games and movies and stuff are rated, and have restrictions… but books aren’t… cause kids don’t read now, and If they do they do it on the internet.

Mike: Very True. Any word on when it might come out?
Forrest: Well I haven’t really written much yet, that’s the thing. But I want to get it out soon if possible, cause this time I don’t get paid until it is released, last time I got some before… so I’m thinking maybe sometime in summer. Is that cool with you then? Does summer sound good?

Mike: Yeah that works, I will pick it up. So how are things going at Xtreme Couture?
Forrest: Well I can’t train at all right now. I just went in and got it checked, and they said to stay off of it for like a month. So I just have to lift weights now, which I am actually where I am going now. It sucks, cause I am pretty much stuck doing weights and aerodyne right now... and I hate doing aerodyne. I don’t know, I may go over to Drysdale’s next week and try to grapple a little. But what I don’t want to do is half ass train with it, and never fully let it heal.

Mike: What’s the hardest hit you have ever landed on someone in a fight?
Forrest: I don’t know man, I'm not really that much of a power puncher... especially ever since I lost my shoulder. So I'm not too sure on that one.

Mike: What about the other side of that, what’s the hardest shot you have taken?
Forrest: The hardest I have been hit without being knocked out was from Wanderlei. He hits you like 10 times as your falling back, and then you just take a knee and are like "Damn!". He will knock a couple years off of your life, if you spar with him too much.

Mike: If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play your role?
Forrest: It wouldn’t matter who played me man. It would be a boring movie. Even with all of my exaggerations, people would see it and be like, “that sucked”. So I don’t think I would want them to make one about me.

Mike: (laughs), That’s all I have for you man. Anything you wanna close with?
Forrest: Thanks to BSN, Silverstar and buy my book. Seriously it doesn’t suck as bad as you might think.

Mike: I can back him up there, the book definitely doesn’t suck.

 

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