UFC legend Forrest Griffin announces his retirement at UFC 160 post-fight press conference

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Forrest Griffin, the winner of the first season of The Ultimate Fighter and a former UFC Light Heavyweight champ, has announced his retirement from mixed martial arts.

Well it's over.

The man who was one half of the fight that made the UFC a household word in the United States has announced his retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts. Forrest Griffin, who won the first season of The Ultimate Fighter with a win over Stephan Bonnar in the legendary 2005 brawl that aired live on Spike TV, has retired at the age of 33.

UFC president Dana White announced Griffin's retirement at the UFC 160 post-fight press conference.

"It's been a good 8 years I guess. The biggest thing I've learned is that when Dana White says retire you should retire, or else you'll blow your knee out before your next fight," Griffin said.

"He's staying with the UFC, he'll have some role. Hopefully he'll do more work than Chuck Liddell was. He'll have a job hear as long as I'm alive," Dana White added

"Having them push your fights, and you don't actually fight, it's time to retire. UFC does a lot of charity stuff locally, for the troops, It's always something I've wanted to pursue," Griffin added.

"I saw the Brian Stann Wanderlei fight. And I thought if I don't have another one of those in me, it's time to retire. "This has been my dream since 2000, this has been all I want to do. So I don't really know what's next," said Griffin.

White told Karyn Bryant following the presser that Griffin and Stephan Bonnar will be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in July.

Griffin retires with a 19-7 pro MMA record and was 10-5 in the UFC. Following his win over Bonnar he first won the respect of UFC snobs by taking former champ Tito Ortiz to a hard fought split decision in a 2006 loss. Griffin shocked the world when he choked out former Pride tournament champion Mauricio Rua in 2007 and went on to win the Light Heavyweight title from Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in 2008 at UFC 86.

Griffin lost his title to Rashad Evans in his first title defense at UFC 92 in December 2008 and followed that with a humiliating loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 101 that saw him running out of the cage crying.Since then his career has been up and down with a pair of wins against Tito Ortiz and a win over Rich Franklin being the highlights and a crushing loss to Shogun Rua in their rematch.

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