Forrest Griffin

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Beyond the Cage met with Forrest Griffin at Las Vegas' Mandalay Bay where many UFC fights are held. This true legend of MMA displayed a genuine quality of character and a witty sense of humor.

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Fueled by power and heart, former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin rose to prominence after winning the first season of Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter. In the tournament finals, he fought and defeated Stephan Bonnar in an exciting brawl that is widely credited as sparking the current success of the UFC. So much so that UFC President Dana White called the fight "the most important fight in UFC history."

Motivated by his success, Griffin retired from his job as a law enforcement officer to pursue MMA full time. For five years prior, he was training at HardCore Gym in Georgia where he developed a "sprawl and brawl" style of fighting – a combination of mixed martial arts and bare knuckle barroom technique.

MMAWeekly currently ranks Griffin as the number six light heavyweight fighter in the world. He holds notable victories over Stephen Bonnar, Rampage Jackson, Chael Sonnen, Rich Franklin, Tito Ortiz, Jeff Monson, and Shogun Rua.

His championships and awards include UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, The Ultimate Fighter: Light Heavyweight Tournament Winner, Fight of the Night (three times), Submission of the Night, Wrestling Observer Newsletter Fight of the Year 2005 and Fight of the Year 2008, and Fighting Spirit Magazine's Fight of The Year 2006.

Outside of the Octagon, Griffin is an avid supporter of the USO and the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization that provides aid and empowerment for critically injured veterans.