Forrest Griffin is no longer competing inside the Octagon, but the former UFC light heavyweight champion remains competitive.
Griffin, along with the UFC and other fighters, are working together with the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (The Center) to combat the spread of HIV.
The UFC and The Center are teaming up in a campaign entitled “Protect Yourself At All Times.”
“I had 15 fights in the UFC Octagon during my career, and before each and every one of them, I had a HIV test,” Griffin said. “I’m encouraging everybody to show themselves and their partners the same respect I showed my opponents by getting tested and protecting themselves at all times.”
Liz Carmouche, a top-ranked female fighter who is openly gay, is also a spokesperson for the fight.
“There’s a feeling of invincibility that comes with being young, with being fit and the prime of your life,” Carmouche said. “But I learned when I was in the US Marines just like I’ve learned as a UFC fighter, no-one is invincible, and that you have to project yourself at all times.”