A preview of the Forrest Griffin Q&A
I talked with UFC light heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin on the phone Tuesday about a variety of topics, including why working at UPS was the worst job he ever had, how he plans to stop Rashad Evans (he needs your help), his thoughts on the economy and how it will affect the sport, why he considers himself a “boring dude,” his first tastes with fame, the toughest part of being Forrest Griffin and who he would like to face after Evans. The interview in full will be posted later this week, but here’s a quick snippet.
MMA Stomping Grounds: What’s been the biggest change in your life since defeating Quinton Jackson to win the light heavyweight belt?
Forrest Griffin: Well, I’ve gotten real into Scientology.
MMA Stomping Grounds: Ha. Wait ... what?
Forrest Griffin: Yeah, it seems like a lot of successful people are doing it so I decided to get on board with it.
MMA Stomping Grounds: Um ... so ... has that been a big change for you? (Note: Even though I was familiar with Griffin's sense of humor, this is the first time we’d talked, so I still wasn’t sure whether to take his Scientology comments seriously. My first instinct was to laugh but then I didn’t want to offend him if he was being serious because then I’m the jerk laughing at someone else’s religion. The whole thing threw me off for a good couple minutes.)
Forrest Griffin: No change, I hate change. It’s scary. I try and stay away from that. ... You know what the best thing about Baltimore is?
MMA Stomping Grounds: No, what’s that?
Forrest Griffin: The Wire. It’s pretty good.
MMA Stomping Grounds: Absolutely. Although I missed the boat when it was on TV and had to watch the DVDs.
Forrest Griffin: Yeah, I saw it on TV and was like, whatever, but then I got the DVDs. I think it’s a show you have to watch on DVD to get the whole experience.
MMA Stomping Grounds: Yeah ... so, after the win over Jackson, was there any talk about a rematch?
Forrest Griffin: Yeah, at the post-fight press conference Quinton talked about it. Eh ... I didn’t really remember it. I don’t know. I’m pretty sure I’m fighting Rashad Evans on December 27.
MMA Stomping Grounds: What do you think of Evans?
Forrest Griffin: He’s a hell of an athlete. His quickness and speed is going to be a problem. It’s something a lot of guys have a hard time preparing for because it’s hard to find training partners that are that quick and have that upper body movement combined with wrestling. He has a lot of attributes ... I don’t know if that’s the word I’m looking for. You’re a journalist, you can figure it out.