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10 MMA Stars Whose Careers Were Brutally Cut Short

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Forrest Griffin

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin caught many fans off-guard when he announced he was retiring in 2013 at the age of 33.

At the time the much-loved star was still a force to be reckoned with at 205 pounds, coming off a trilogy win over Tito Ortiz and three victories in his last four fights.

However, Dana White indicated that he’d been encouraging Griffin to retire for some time as he believed he had nothing left to prove and had already made enough money to live comfortably.

It was only later that year that the full reason for Griffin’s decision came to light.

“When I announced my retirement, that was actually when I was trying to come back and I realized, it just wasn’t viable,” Griffin said on ‘The MMA Hour.’ “It passed me by. My shoulder is done. I brush my teeth with my left hand now. That’s just the way it goes. I can’t shoot a basketball, I can’t throw any kind of ball.”

As such Griffin made it clear that a comeback just wasn’t physically possible, ensuring that his 16-7 career record was now locked in stone.

However, the hall-of-famer was then given a job within the UFC, and even after the company was bought over by WME-IMG last year, leading to significant staff cuts, Griffin was one of few former fighters working there who were kept on.

  • HeteroFriendly

    Sudo was the man.
    UFC really fcked up with the original DVD releases when they clipped out all his entrances.
    Which was the normal presentation for all of the DVD’s, but how do you leave out Sudo’s!
    They should at least been special features!

    There used to be a doc on youtube about him in Japanese, I haven’t checked if its still there, but it shows some bits of the entrences and him making his costumes, and it even has a clip of him training and he starts doing drunken boxing from the drunken boxer movies.
    The dude is friggen awesome!

    • HeteroFriendly

      “bought over by WME-IMG last year, leading to significant staff cuts,
      Griffin was one of few former fighters working there who were kept on.”

      I’m glad Griff still has the job if he still wants it, a cool guy, but we all know the reason for that in hollywood is that in between him and Bonner he’s a little bit of a celebrity.

    • Johnny Carcosa

      One of my best ever. I also like his attitude and sportmanship.