Forrest Griffin did it this year, Kenny Florian and Stephen Bonnar did it last year and Nate Quarry did it back in 2010. These original Ultimate Fighter’s have all recently retired and it’s time for “The Crippler” Chris Leben to follow in their footsteps.
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Before Dana White got into the post UFC 160 proceedings last night he made the startling announcement that Forrest Griffin was retiring. The original Ultimate Fighter winner and former light heavyweight champion briefly took the stage to answer questions and in typical Forrest Griffin fashion he was more comedic then informative.
Two days before the UFC on FOX 5 takes place in the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington the UFC held a press conference. Oddly enough the news that came out of this press conference had little to nothing to do with the fights on Saturday night.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion and the original winner of The Ultimate Fighter Forrest Griffin has an opponent for UFC 155. The now UFC veteran will face the former Division I National Champion wrestler Phil Davis in the UFC 155 co-main event.
Anderson Silva is arguably the best Pound 4 Pound fighter on the planet at this moment. His reign at middleweight is equivalent to what Fedor Emelianenko had accomplished in his pride days in the 2000’s. Even his few stints at light heavyweight have been impressive finishing; both wins were knockouts which totaled up to 4:24 mins inside the octagon. Even at the age of 37, there is no stopping the man they call The Spider.
There is just over two days now until Saturday’s UFC 149 and as the UFC prepares to debut in Calgary the talk in MMA has still been around the UFC 148 event. As UFC President Dana White accumulates those frequent flyer miles from Las Vegas to Australia and then to Calgary he took the time to set up a great behind the scenes look at the biggest UFC event this year.
Today the Nevada State Athletic Commission released the UFC 148 salaries as well as handing down their medical suspensions to half of the fight card. The 11 bout fight card had a total reported salary of $1.438 million and rumored gate of a new UFC record $7 million for shows in the United States.