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Bum Rush Nugget: Stephan Bonnar Explains Forrest Griffin’s Media Hostility


(See, Forrest? You used to *love* microphones… / Photo courtesy of milwaukeemma.com)

When we hosted Stephan Bonnar on the latest edition of our Bum Rush Radio Show, we ran through the standard set of questions about his training for tomorrow night’s fight against Igor Pokrajac, his opinions on TUF 12, and his future as a broadcaster. But considering Bonnar’s long history with Forrest Griffin, we couldn’t resist asking for his take on the question that’s been plaguing us lately: "Why is Forrest such a dick to reporters?" Bonnar’s candid and insightful answer is after the jump. If you haven’t already, please give the new episode a listen, and subscribe on iTunes!


CagePotato.com: Not to get too off-topic, but your old buddy Forrest Griffin is getting a bad reputation for being hostile to interviewers and other media types. We’ve called him out on it, and a couple of other sites now have picked up on it as well, and I was just wondering if you had any insight because you know him personally. What’s up with Forrest’s attitude, does he just hate doing press?

Stephan Bonnar: Yeah, pretty much. He knows it’s really not necessary anymore. In the early days he was really good and funny — he could be funny and turn it on whenever he wants — but in his mind, you shmooze the media and do great interviews and make people laugh, and then he loses a fight and everyone hates him and writes him off and says he’s shit anyway. So then he gets bitter. Then he’s like, "well fuck it, I’m a New York Times best-seller, I’m pretty high on the UFC roster, I’m getting the big-money main event fights, and I don’t need to shmooze to you media anymore, who will just turn around and stab me in the back anyway, because I’m already here." And that’s kind of what I get out of it.

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ashkenaziTROLL- December 4, 2010 at 3:28 pm
fuck the bitch ass media .. there has never been a group of faggier jews than now, in the modern media .. and obv... fuck the trolls
Sudos KFC- December 3, 2010 at 11:21 pm
true. not being a fighter does not preclude you from being a great fight mind. See "captain sommerfield's visit to heaven" by mark twain for a rough outline of THAT argument. And non fighters have a right to their opinon it might stink, but its their opinon :)

But fighters also have a right to ignore it/disregard it too and POTATO NATION would do well to accept the notion that fighters on the whole don't give two shits about lay people's shoulda woulda's. "its not the critic who counts blah blah blah etc. etc."
KINGMADE- December 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm
Bad date my ass Drano! hmph ass drano should be a new exlax brand name.
steampunk22- December 3, 2010 at 6:44 pm
@Yves

Yeah, but he made MRuss look bad so dont look for the "Forrest is a dick" posts to go away anytime soon.
Smitty- December 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm
@ Sudos KFC
Thank you for ur 1st comment

@ Yves Latrine
I agree
Yves Latrine- December 3, 2010 at 5:24 pm
I watched all the supposed evidence for Forrest being "a dick" to reporters, and he always struck me as a guy who was just trying to have a good time. Seems like a total non-issue.
LAS- December 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm
I agree with Almost North. Besides, who here has actually read an actual piece of journalism (not to be confused with fan commentary) that suggests that Forrest "sucks," or anything even close to that?

Sounds to me like more than anything that the guy has a problem with being considered overrated (which is completely true) and is pulling this macho fuck-the-media attitude to compensate for it. In the last 3 years, the guy has exactly 3 wins: a split decision over Tito, who isn't even the same galaxy as the top 10, a very dubious decision over Rampage, and a win over a clearly hobbled Shogun. Next, he's slated to face Rich Franklin in another pointless fight. Yes, Forrest fights in main events, ones that no one gives a shit about, because he's more a marketing tool for the UFC than a legitimate contender. The fact that he's fighting Franklin at all shows that he's been relegated to special attraction status.
Almost North- December 3, 2010 at 3:26 pm
Said it before but it just keeps coming up. There is nothing more childish than suggesting non-fighters shouldn't be allowed to criticize fighters.


I think in this case both Forrest and the media writing articles about how mean he is could both do with a lesson from the Potato Nation. STOP BEING SO FUCKING SENSITIVE.
Sudos KFC- December 3, 2010 at 3:19 pm
@drano which, if you had read his book you know how to deal with that situation...drink a bottle of wine, the skip out when she is in the can.

Good stuff.
dranokills- December 3, 2010 at 3:10 pm
I agree with forrest, fuck the media all they do is use ya and then shit on you,fuck kinda sounds like a bad date.
DazedNConfused- December 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm
Yeah balls really don't make the fighter any better or worse. Weak joke. That being said, I have enormous balls and am a great arm wrestler. Correlation? it's possible.

Forrest has a point, you sweet talk the media, they laugh with you, but right after the fight they call you shit and laugh at any mishaps you might have happen in the cage. While obviously not having the guts or skills to get into the cage and do it themselves. I'd be an even bigger cunt. It's almost like highschool all over again.
RwilsonR- December 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm
O Chan - you speak the truth!
Clyde- December 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm
I heard he avoids interviewers for undisclosed medical reasons.
Guayansoul- December 3, 2010 at 2:34 pm
@ O Chan - I thought it... you said it!!! Good shit
Sudos KFC- December 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm
^how can the size of someone's balls make an impact on the perceived relevance of someone's career? I know your trying REALLY hard to be clever and insulting to two guys you don't care for but that is just retarded and makes no sense.

This is the "logical" equivalent of your last statement:
"Man, those two guys are so busy they make oranges look round!"

MorningwoodII- December 3, 2010 at 1:51 pm
should have asked if he saw Sonnen's hairless nutsack and thought, Sonnen's balls are soooo small even, they make Forrest's fight career look relevant!
O Chan- December 3, 2010 at 1:50 pm
It's Friday, I'm hungover, stuck at work, and this is the best CP can provide for me???
Dog Dicks Magoo- December 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm
Griffin looks like a chimp. Next interview he does he will throw shit just to up the ante mark my words.
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