Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg)
Born November 26, 1978
Fighting out of Las Vegas, Nevada
Town of birth Columbus, Ohio
Team/Association Xtreme Couture
Fighting style Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout 3
By submission 7
Forrest Griffin (born November 26, 1978 in Columbus, Ohio) is the first-season winner of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter, a reality show which showcases mixed martial arts. He defeated Stephan Bonnar in a popular final bout, winning by unanimous decision and landing him a professional contract to fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). He holds a professional mixed martial arts record of fifteen wins and four losses. He is currently ranked by MMAWEEKLY as the number 8 Lightheavyweight in the world, and by MMANEWS as the #5 ranked Lightheavyweight in the world.
Griffin came from Athens, Georgia, where he was once a law enforcement officer for the University of Georgia. He trained at the HardCore Gym in Athens for five years under Adam and Rory Singer. He later retired from police service in Augusta, Georgia to pursue professional mixed martial arts.
On April 15, 2006, Griffin took on his toughest opponent yet when he fought former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz at UFC 59, which he lost in a split decision.
At UFC 62, Griffin fought Stephan Bonnar in an anticipated rematch. Griffin won by unanimous decision, sweeping all three rounds.
Griffin was then defeated by The Ultimate Fighter 2's Keith Jardine at UFC 66 by way of TKO at 4:41 of the first round.
After the fight, a visibly distraught Griffin collapsed in his corner, crying loudly. Moments later he walked away from Joe Rogan's attempt to interview him, saying "Keith came in and he did exactly what I wanted to do, he knocked me the fuck out. Let's go home." Griffin then ran off camera, leaving Joe Rogan to speak to the camera by himself. Moments later Griffin reappeared heading the opposite direction saying, "I'll be back," as he headed out of the Octagon.
Griffin's next fight was supposed to be at UFC 70 against Lyoto Machida on April 21, 2007 but he was unable to fight due to a staph infection.
On June 16, 2007 Griffin defeated Hector Ramirez at UFC 72 in Belfast, Northern Ireland via unanimous decision.
His latest fight was at UFC 76 against PRIDE's 2005 Middleweight (205 lb) Grand Prix champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. Griffin won by rear naked choke at 4:45 of round three. It has since been reported that Griffin required surgery after the fight due to a serious shoulder injury that he had had for a long time.
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