Forrest Griffin has barely announced his retirement at the age of 33, but he’s already leaving the door open for a possible return in the future.
Griffin hung up his gloves officially hung up his gloves at the end of May despite having won his last fight, noting that constant injury problems had left him unable to compete.
However, he’s now added the caveat that if he ever does get back to full fitness then he would consider stepping back into the Octagon again.
“Most guys are like ‘Ok when can I start training again?’. I got into this because I like fighting, I like training. It’s fun, you know,” Griffin says in an interview with MMAFightCorner. “I’ll start training again, September, August. Maybe if I’m just magically healed and like everything works great, then I’ll have to try [fighting] again. But, I’m not healthy now.”
Personally, I’d like to see him stay out of the cage permanently as, injuries aside, he took a lot of punches over the course of his career due to his fan-pleasing, slug-fest approach to fighting and you can only do that for so long.
Getting out while he’s still young seemed like a smart choice, but it’s hard to ignore that urge to compete that high-level athletes all have in common.