MANILA, Philippines – Forrest Griffin, the original "Ultimate Fighter" and a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, is hanging up his gloves.
Griffin announced that he will retire following UFC 160 last Saturday in Las Vegas.
"It's been a good eight years, I guess. The biggest thing I've learned is that when (UFC president) Dana White says 'retire,' you should retire. Otherwise, you will blow your knee out before your next fight," Griffin said.
Griffin said he felt it was the right time for him to step away from the sport after suffering injuries prior to his last few fights.
"Here's the thing. If you think about it, in two of my last three fights, I've pulled out due to injury," he said. "When you make it a habit of being on billboards, and having them push your fights, and you don't actually fight – it's time to retire, unfortunately."
"I pulled out this fight, I pulled out of that fight. How many fights can you pull out of before you become a 'non-secure' product?" he said. "I wouldn't invest in me at this point."
Griffin is not sure of what he will do next, but White assured that the fighter will remain with the UFC.
"Forrest Griffin has been a huge star for us. Anything we’ve ever asked for from Forrest Griffin, he has done. He is staying in the UFC. He will have some role, some title," White said. "Yes, he will be here, and he will stay with this company, at least for the rest of my life."
Griffin won the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter" in April 2005 after beating Stephan Bonnar in what was considered a landmark fight for the UFC.
He would win the UFC light heavyweight title in July 2008 after out-pointing Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, but he lost the belt to Rashad Evans in December of the same year.
White announced that both Griffin and Bonnar will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in July 2013.