Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Forrest Griffin has been on the shelf since his November 2009 split decision win over Tito Ortiz. Griffin has been out of action with a shoulder injury but the affable brawler told Ariel Helwani on today’s episode of The MMA Hour that he is growing restless with the layoff and would like to get in a fight before year’s end.
“My goal right now is to win a fight before the end of the year,” Griffin said.
The former Georgia police officer was looking at a UFC 114 match up against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira but was forced out of that bout with his shoulder injury; a fact which Griffin feels prevents him the right of choosing exactly when or where he fights as he usually prefers to stick near his home base of Las Vegas.
“The last fight they asked me who I wanted to fight, I said I don’t care who but I would really want to fight in Las Vegas and they gave me that and I backed out of that fight,” Griffin said. “So I kind of feel like they gave me what I asked for and I backed out, so I’m kind of at their mercy.”
There have been steady rumors floating about that have Griffin facing the buzz saw that is Jon Jones and though the Xtreme Couture-trained fighter is open to the bout, he told Helwani that he isn’t exactly looking forward to the possibility.
“That’s a great fight to take a year layoff with injury fighting a guy coming off like a hot three-fight win streak,” Griffin said facetiously.
Griffin also told Helwani that he is tentatively looking at retiring somewhere around the age of 36; that the wear and tear on his 31-year old body likely won’t allow him to push much further past that or compete more than twice a year from now on.
“I’ve only been fighting twice a year for the past couple of years,” Griffin said. “I’m just kind of listening to my body.”
Griffin quipped that his seemingly ageless training partner Randy “The Natural” Couture may be the reason for his premature aging, saying, “I think Randy Couture stole my youth and I think I’m aging double.”