After suffering the most humbling defeat of his career in a first round TKO to Anderson Silva, one of the UFC’s most popular fighters Forrest Griffin ran out of the octagon and appeared to vanish into thin air. After close to two months of silence Griffin has finally emerged, giving his first post-fight interview to Dave Farra of mma30.com. Where has he been for the past few months? Apparently he has taken a break from fighting and is now a married man.
Despite his typically self-depreciating style it is clear to see that his loss to Anderson Silva has had an impact on the fighter. He appears jaded and speaks openly of his dislike for the media attention, “I’ve got not nothing to say…it’s not about talking, I thought this was supposed to be a fighting sport” and the fan adulation “I genuinely don’t like myself so it really confuses me when people seem to genuinely like me”. We have heard similar sentiments from one of the sports most cerebral competitors before, though never with this much conviction.
Time may heal all wounds but perhaps the only way for Griffin to regain his status quo will be to return to the octagon and get a win under his belt. That might not happen anytime soon though as Griffin appears in no particular rush to get back into the octagon, joking that he doesn’t need to as the money from his last fight hasn’t run out yet.