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Old 04-02-2014, 07:11 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Forrest Griffin: "I could dunk since i was 14 but I couldn’t touch the rim yesterday"

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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.

I read this a little while ago and i figured someone would post it but i have not seen it posted here yet. I think its interesting enough of an article that i decided to stop being lazy and post it myself. I really hope Forrest was just having a off day and needed to stretch and that his body really isnt so badly shot that he cant touch the rim anymore.
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Old 04-02-2014, 07:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
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He's my favourite fighter ever. I hope there's some treatment or surgery that can get him some relief. That's a really shitty thing to read.

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Old 04-02-2014, 08:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I just think he went too hard for too long and his body now has so much damage it affects him everyday. Hopefully with some doctors guidance he can find a routine to help repair the damage so he isn't one of those guys stooped over by 60.
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Old 04-02-2014, 08:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I read this a long time ago as well and thought someone had already posted it. But if he isn't exaggerating I hope he finds a way through this without having to be loaded up on pain killers.
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tough luck Grif. :/
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dude trained like a madman, it's no wonder he's broken down.
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There's a price to pay for being the "first in the gym, and last one to leave". Something tells me he trained harder rather than smarter.
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DDP yoga and a year of organic food with a ton of vegetables would help
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There's a price to pay for being the "first in the gym, and last one to leave". Something tells me he trained harder rather than smarter.
Yeah, the man was legendary in the gym, but it sounds like he is now paying the price for it. Then again he is the first guy to tell you he felt he had to train that hard as he has no natural athleticism compared to the guys he fought. He could only beat them by putting in more time.
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I don't know about the rest of you guys, but after every couple months or so of working out consistently I like to take a week or two completely off. I've noticed that, during that time off, I usually feel a lot less mobile than I do when I'm working out consistently. Wonder if this could just have more do with Griffin being inactive for a while than it does with the effects of long-term damage on his body.
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