Fight to Watch: Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar 1 – TUF 1 Finale
Griffin, one of the two winners during the inaugural season of The Ultimate Fighter, is often credited with the mainstream success of the UFC today. Over the course of 15 minutes, Bonnar and Griffin gave fans all they could handle in their bloody, courageous war of attrition. The fight engaged new fans and inspired old ones, but most importantly, it showcased the heart and will to win of an eventual champion in Forrest Griffin. The Georgia native proved his grit more than once, however, surviving a broken arm in a bout with an opponent early in his career to achieve a knockout later in the fight.
Griffin’s very first professional MMA bout was against the heavier, more experienced Dan ‘The Beast’ Severn. That fight set the tone of Griffin’s career as his stock climbed following his stint on the reality show, he eventually captured a UFC belt and ended his career with a place in the Hall of Fame.