Forrest Griffin Is a "Quiet Jerk"

Well, I actually knew this already:

In addition to his exciting style, Griffin has become a fan favorite partly because of his outgoing personality and sense of humor. He doesn't see it that way, however.

"Now that I'm a coach, people will realize that I don't have that buoyant personality," he said. "I'm actually more of a curmudgeon. I'm kind of a quiet jerk."

Here's the backstory as it pertains to me: in the summer of 2006, MMA.tv hired me to do two pilot shows of Whoopass Radio. During the taping of the second show, we interviewed Forrest Griffin because he was about to fight Stephan Bonnar for the second time. I don't know what we did, but he hated me and the show from the word go. When I first called to ask him if he'd come on the show, he was a jerk. That was a bad sign, but I didn't think much of it. Fast forward to the taping itself and it just went downhill. He was only giving one word or smart ass answers to questions, but not in a way that reminded me of the Forrest I'd come to know from television. This one could barely be bothered to do the interview.

Finally I kept pressuring him to answer the question "Who do you think you'll fight next should you defeat Bonnar?" He resisted and resisted until he finally said "Since you keep asking me this question, I think I'd like to fight you next." Trust me when I tell you if I was pushy, it was only because I recognized the interview sucked and I was trying to salvage it with some kind of info from Griffin. After he told me he wanted to pound my face in, we hung up on him and moved on.

I have no animosity towards Griffin whatsoever. But let it be known if he wants to be a prick to you, it's not that much of a departure from his true self for him to be able to do that.

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