Forrest Griffin Talks About Being A Parent, Tito Ortiz And More
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.27.2012
Inside the mind of Forrest...
Forrest Griffin (18-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) spoke with MMA Junkie on a variety of topics, including being a parent, his fight with Tito Ortiz and more.
He will have a trilogy match with Ortiz (16-10-1 MMA, 15-10-1 UFC) at UFC 148, which takes place July 7 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ortiz beat Griffin by split decision at UFC 59 in 2006, and Griffin won via split decision at UFC 106 in November of 2009.
Here are highlights of the interview:
On being a parent: "They say that being a parent changes you, and it does. And by 'changes you,' they do mean 'makes you more of a p***y.' Now I get in all those movies why in the beginning the wife and child die. I didn't get that before, Oh what a cliché.' Now I'm (while sniffling), 'This is horrible. Damn it.' I don't cry at TV too much yet, but another girl and I probably will."
On his next book: "I got a ton of material for the next one. It's (called) A Degenerate's Guide to Life.' I've been a father for nine months now, so it's everything you need to know about how to raise a kid. From start to finish. A lot of very helpful information."
On what else he's writing about: "The other thing I've been writing about recently is how to live your life according to movies. I think you can justify anything in life by living according to a movie. You know in such and such she did this. I walked into my friend's house and it was just an absolute mess, and I'm like, 'C'mon, what's going on?' And he's like, 'Ty (in) "Caddyshack."' I'm like, 'You're right the guy had $70,000 checks lying around.' Then I go into his bathroom and I'm like, 'Dude, you have all these hygiene products. Our whole (reputation) as men is I don't even shave regularly, and you have all these hygiene products laid out.' He's like, 'Bateman "American Psycho." Alcohol dries the skin; you got to keep it smooth for the ladies.' I'm pretty sure you can use movie knowledge to justify any actions in life."
On his third fight with Ortiz: "I think the last two fights have been pretty good. I think it's a pretty good matchup for both of us. I think the last fights are indicative of how this fight is going to be. I'm prepared and done a lot of things, and I'm sure he has, too. One thing I did take into account is, I have been training for this for a long time pretty specifically. I knew he'd be fired up, I knew it would be his last fight. I've heard months and months ago he's up at Big Bear (Calif.) getting ready. Well, so am I."