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.