Happy Memorial Day, everyone. I hope you’ve taken some time to think about our troops and the sacrifices they’ve made to help defend this country. A lot of folks are off work today, but the roundup never takes a day off. This past weekend was a busy one, with UFC 160 dominating the headlines. But we’ve got some other big news as well, including the retirement of former UFC light-heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin. Check out today’s top stories:
• Griffin announced his retirement Saturday at the UFC 160 post-fight presser, citing repeated injuries as a main driver behind the decision. In addition to winning a UFC title, Griffin will no doubt be remembered for his legendary bout with Stephan Bonnar at the first Ultimate Finale, a fight that helped launch the UFC into the mainstream.
• Dana White says Cain Velasquez will fight Junior Dos Santos in his next fight, calling a trilogy between the two heavyweight stars a “no-brainer”. The fight is being targeted for before the end of the year.
• White has voiced his concerns about former two-division UFC champion BJ Penn, and made it known that he wants the Hawaiian superstar to call it quits. Penn last fought against top welterweight prospect Rory McDonald and was dominated en route to a decision loss.
• Five Ounces of Pain has a list of the top fights of 2013 so far, and it’s worth a look.