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@ForrestGriffin Retires: His Place in the UFC Record Book

Posted 4:03 PM
Forrest Griffin announced his retirement from competition on Saturday, which is a good occasion to reflect on his place in the UFC record book:

Griffin retires with a UFC record of 10-5. His 10 wins make him one of 43 fighters to reach double digit wins in the UFC are currently tied for fifth-most in Light Heavyweight history. He earned six fight night bonuses, tied for first in LHW history with Tito Ortiz. His five Fight of Night bonuses are the most among Light Heavyweights and put him tied for third most all-time. He fought a total of 2:53:16, good for 4th among  LHW and currently 28th all-time, seven seconds behind Stephan Bonnar at #27.

Forrest attempted 2,187 total strike attempts, the third-most in UFC history behind Sam Stout and Michael Bisping. His 796 significant strikes landed are the most in LHW history and 8th highest all-time.

Forrest's reputation for toughness and endurance was well-earned. His submission finish of Mauricio Rua at UFC 76 came with only 15 seconds left on the clock, the second-latest submission and fourth-latest finish in UFC history. Griffin's striking rates also demonstrate his increasing pace as fights wore on. He averaged 4.09 Strikes Landed per Minute (SLpM) in Round 1, 4.98 in Round 2, and 5.35 in Round 3, the 7th highest total in UFC history for third round striking.

To date, Griffin still holds the record for most leg kicks landed in UFC history with an even 200. His 38 leg kicks landed against Hector Ramirez are the most ever landed in a LHW fight. He also owns the #2 spot on that list with 35 leg kicks landed in his victory against Rampage Jackson to become only the second Ultimate Fighter winner to claim a UFC title.

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