Forrest Griffin’s Legacy; By the Numbers
By JAKE CHASTAIN
| Whenever a fighter leaves the UFC they usually leave a lasting mark on the company. Every fighter leaves a different mark though.
Whether it be by shaking up a division, losing and in turn helping someone else climb the division ladder, having a dispute with the big-wigs and becoming an example, or leaving a lasting legacy that fans and UFC family will never forget, each fighter becomes a different story in the company’s ongoing saga.
But stories, as much as they may differ from fighter to fighter, can only tell so much about how that fighter performed their job for the company. Numbers, though, can tell a lot about how good of an employee a certain fighter was.
Following UFC 160 longtime fan favorite and UFC legend Forrest Griffin announced his retirement from fighting. Forrest’s story in UFC history tops almost every other fighter’s but what is going to make him a lasting legend and Hall of Famer is that Forrest, along with his remarkable story of becoming a key player in the sport’s jump into the mainstream, also has the statistical numbers to back up his story.
Here is a look at just how successful and dedicated a fighter/employee Forrest Griffin was for the UFC by the numbers.
The following is brought to you by FightMetric.com:
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.