After suffering back-to-back losses in the first time in his MMA career, former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin (17-6) bounced back with an impressive split decision victory over Tito Ortiz at UFC 106 last November. The win was especially important for Griffin after suffering an embarrassing knockout loss at the hands of Anderson “the Spider” Silva back in August.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani of FanHouse.com, Griffin talked about his most recent fights. When asked if Tito Ortiz has a case in claiming that he was “robbed” and deserved the decision, Griffin jokingly replied, “No, I mean I don’t know…I’ve gotten lucky in some decisions. I always think I win until the referee says ‘Forrest, are you okay?’. And then’s when I realize I didn’t win.”
Griffin and his popularity seemingly suffered a hit following his abrupt exit from the cage after being knocked out by Anderson Silva. At a recent press conference, Griffin offered an apology to Silva for his quick exit explaining, “I wanted him to know that what I did was for me and that I wasn’t…I had no intention of disrespecting him. I usually like to after the fight nod him down. I appreciated him not hitting me anymore after I was done. And I’m not even kidding.”
With his win over Ortiz, Griffin appears to be back on track and in the good graces of the UFC fans that have adored him throughout his career. There was some discussion about Griffin participating as a coach against Ortiz in the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. However, Chuck Liddell was given the coaching position opposite Ortiz. Forrest didn’t seem to mind his exclusion and commented, “I think Chuck wanted to do it and had asked before I ever heard anything about it. It worked out good.”
Less than two months after his last octagon appearance, Griffin says he doesn’t know what or who is next in his UFC career. As a fan favorite and contender in the deep pool of light heavyweight fighters, he is sure to be back in the octagon before too long.