By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After Forrest Griffin lost at UFC 101 to Anderson Silva, he got up, and ran out of the arena. No one was quite sure why Griffin, who had just been knocked out, left the scene of the fight.
“Literally after the fight, still sweating, still wet, I put some clothes on, and I walked out. I wanted to smoke crack,” Griffin joked (sort of) on Tuesday when he stopped by the 94WIP studios to speak to myself and Brian Haddad. “I want to find somebody, with crack, because I wanted to destroy everything in life, you know? I’m done with this life. Like, literally, I wanted to be found on the streets of Philly in three years, begging for crack.”
Griffin smiles more than you’d imagine a guy would when describing being beaten so bad it makes him consider throwing his life away for crack. He later described how he’d be able to find food in his crack-addict existence. He discovered that the trash cans outside of Starbucks and McDonald’s are always full of good food. He noticed this while searching a McDonald’s trash can for a set of lost keys, and finding some leftover McNuggets he couldn’t resist.
“I didn’t feel great. It’s hard to remember what actually happened,” Griffin said. “Philly’s such a beautiful city, and it will always be haunted because of that [fight].”
UFC celebrates its 20th birthday with a documentary called Fighting For A Generation: 20 Years Of The UFC, which premiers on Fox Sports 1 on November 5th at 9pm.
Griffin’s part of UFC history is an important one.
As the documentary makes clear, the Ultimate Fighting Championship had been around since 1993, and succeeded in making fans, but not enough in making money. After its rights were sold, the UFC decided to buy time on the Spike Network and produce its own reality show, the now famous Ultimate Fighter.