Griffin Says He's Ready For Ortiz
Posted on 05 Jul 2012
by MMAScoops.com Staff
Forrest Griffin recently spoke about his fight with Tito Ortiz at UFC 148. Checkout the highlights:
On training camps: "I like training camps. You've got to get out of bed and do something, and wrestling around with dudes is what I want to do."
On his joke that he would 'retire from life' if he lost to Ortiz: "Tito said something that kind of sparked me. He said, 'I'll die for this.' At first, it sounds kind of outlandish. But if you really think about it, in 20 or 30 years, if I'm remembered for anything, it's going to be for fighting. I was never a soldier, a fireman, or a cop. I never put my life on the line in another capacity. This is the closest thing to be a hero I'll ever come. So yeah, I'll die for this."
On losing to Anderson Silva at UFC 101: "After I got beat up by Silva, I was pretty depressed, and this weird thing happened. Every day, I just got in my car and I went to the gym. And no matter what I'm doing in life, that just seems to happen. Even if I don't intend to, my car goes right to the gym and I work out. I just really enjoy work. It's not something I'm ready to give up yet. You have setbacks and you get disappointed, and my frustration with the sport simply comes from me not being able to be better than I am, to keep working on things and not doing them."
On Ortiz: "You've gotta think, he fought Rashad (Evans) at this apex. The Rashad he fought … would have beat up a lot of guys. Pretty much everybody except that Jon Jones fella. But I don't know. I watched the fight with (Matt) Hamill; he showed great striking there. We'll see. I'd like to think, in my mind, I've prepared for every single scenario. I think once we get going, it will be the same kind of Tito, the same kind of Forrest. I think we're both going to come in with game plans, and I think it will fall into the same rhythm it has. But I'm ready if it doesn't."
On learning from his past: "In the middle of the journey is no time to take a recollection. You're still in it. I have plenty of time for doing that later."