Former UFC Champion Forrest Griffin Previews Bangor Event [VIDEO]
Ultimate Fighting Championship Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin visited our Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket studios on Friday, and offered a preview of the Aug. 16 event at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.
Griffin, the UFC's former light heavyweight champion who retired in 2013, talked about UFC President Dana White's decision to bring the event to his hometown.
"This was kind of a little bit his vision quest to bring it here," said Griffin, who said he also plans to come back to Bangor for what will almost certainly be a sold-out show.
Griffin's 2005 fight with Stephan Bonnar is widely considered one of the best fights in the history of the sport. Griffin won the bout in unanimous decision after three grueling and bloody rounds.
Griffin said he and Bonnar, who also was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, are friends outside the octagon.
"In UFC, there's not a lot of bad blood," Griffin said. "You've fought each other. It's over. You don't have to have the little word contests. You know. You know what the other guy has to offer."
The Aug. 16 stop in Bangor will feature a main event of Ryan Bader of Tempe, Ariz., and Ovince “OSP” Saint Preux of Knoxville, Tenn., in a five-round light heavyweight bout.
The event will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. June 20, and are available online at the Cross Insurance Center site.