Retired Forrest Griffin Says Body So Beat Up He Can No Longer Dunk

March 27, 2014 3:08 pm by bjpenn.com staff Leave your thoughts

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion, Forrest Griffin, is six-foot, three-inches tall.

He’s not a short man my any stretch of the imagination.

Which is why it’s somewhat troubling to hear, that at just 34 years-old, he’s struggling so hard with a broken down body, that a simple athletic feat of dunking a basketball is now impossible for him to do.

He tells Ben Fowlkes:

“I watch guys like Henderson and ‘Shogun,’ and I just think about how lucky they are to still be able to do that. I felt so good at 32, and then by 33, I felt like, this is my forever body? Are you kidding me?”

“I’ve been able to dunk a basketball since I was 14,” Griffin said. “I couldn’t touch the rim when I tried yesterday.”

The Fowlkes story highlights the stress and unknown costs of multiple wars inside the MMA cage.

Griffin retired last year and hasn’t seen the inside of a cage since his 2012 victory over Tito Ortiz.

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