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Forrest Griffin is Kind of a Dick to Reporters


(Video courtesy YouTube/MMAInterviews)

Forrest Griffin interviews make me feel good. Not because Forrest is a funny dude, but rather because they make me realize that not only was he a dick to me when I interviewed him for the first time last summer; he’s a dick to every reporter that interviews him.

Don’t believe me? 

Check out the recent clip above of Forrest telling an interviewer that his hair is terrible and calling him racist for assuming Griffin was referring to Alistair Overeem when he referenced Cro Cop giving up during a fight in which he got kneed in the groin repeatedly. The reporter was right. Overeem did foul Mirko during a DREAM bout, but Forrest assumed he thought our boy Cheick Kongo looked like "The Demolition Man" and he called him on it.

When I interviewed him after he spent four hours signing autographs at the Toronto MMA Expo, I assumed he was simply being ornery because of the long day he had.

Just before we began the interview, which I waited to conduct after a one-hour delay in which Griffin signed a few extra autographs, he tossed aside the Cage Potato t-shirt I gave him to a girl working the booth, told me he had no idea what CP was and then proceeded to "X" out the devil horns symbol on my shirt, informing me that I now had his autograph. Needless to say, I wasn’t overly keen on doing the interview after the way things got started. 

That seems to be Forrest’s MO: insult the reporter at the beginning of the Q&A session and make him feel uncomfortable for the whole interview. The end result is usually an awkward and strange exchange that ends with Griffin smirking and the reporter red-faced and wishing they hadn’t wasted their time talking to him.

(Video courtesy MMAFix)

Even perennial favorite MMA reporter Ariel Helwani has not been immune to Griffin’s spite.

In the clip below, AH mentions that interviewing Forrest is unpredictable to say the least.


(Video courtesy Vimeo/Fanhouse)


(Video courtesy YouTube/MMARated)

Maybe next time I interview him, I should wear a shirt with this photo on it to throw Forrest off a bit.


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stopdrinkingpee- November 3, 2010 at 2:28 am
At least he didn't break your leg.
LJM- November 2, 2010 at 11:48 pm
Yeah, this is pretty sad. FG is a funny person. The guy in the example video at the top has even said FG wasn't being a dick. Thinking for a second that he was seriously calling the reporter a racist is proof that being too emotional and taking things so personally (being wrapped up in oneself) can make a guy really, really stupid.

Next thing you know, someone at CP will be calling FG a "sociopath."
steampunk22- November 2, 2010 at 7:36 pm
If anyone cares, it was actually Dave Farra.

Forrest is NOT necessarily a dick to reporters. Seriously. Watch this. Quality interview, solid exchanges.

hxxp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38E1Q0MXKCM
steampunk22- November 2, 2010 at 6:50 pm
@MMAinterviews

If that is actually you, for whatever my opinion is worth, I thought you did a good job.

You rolled with the punches so to speak and it didn't watch as awkward or anything. Forrest seems like he's got a slightly odd sense of humour (His books are actually pretty good.) and there are definitely some pretty bad Forrest Griffin interviews out there but I didn't think this was one of them. Does anyone remember Dave Farra's last Griffin interview, I don't recall it exactly but I seem to remember it was pretty good too. Maybe it was Aaron Tru. Anyways, cheers


@Videodrome

"And Karma, take an English class because you're grammar fucking blows."

I hope you see the irony in that sentence.
MMAinterviews- November 2, 2010 at 6:20 pm
I am the reporter in the first video above and not once did I feel as though Forrest was being a "dick" to me. He was just being himself. He's a witty guy who may make fun of others but is just as likely to make fun of himself for a good laugh. He is a class guy and I have nothing bad to say about him whatsoever. The only hard part in interviewing Forrest is getting the microphone back and forth correctly because he tends to pause and then add more to his statement. Other than that he was probably the most enjoyable interview I have done yet. Fedor for instance was a MUCH more difficult interview because he has short responses and never elaborates, not to mention having to deal with an interpreter. Just wanted to also add that I apologize for saying Pride when I meant Dream for the Overeem/Crocop fight if I offended any fans by misspeaking. My website, MMAinterviews.tv will be up by the end of the month and I will continue to do my best to bring an inside peak into fighter training camps as well as life outside the cage.
steampunk22- November 2, 2010 at 5:46 pm
At least it seems MRuss has learned not to respond by ripping on everyone that slags his writing/posts/perspective. Unless he doesn't read the comments anymore.

Which I sort of doubt.
ScarTissue- November 2, 2010 at 12:11 pm
Ok, the guy DOES have a stupid haircut.

Are you seeking therapy for the mental scars and anguish Forrest left you with for your shitty interview? Anybody recall mruss saying he didn't want to go interview Nick Diaz because he mumbles? Fuck this shit.
Yves Latrine- November 2, 2010 at 9:55 am
Seriously? Your Exhibit A for Forrest being a dick is him playfully calling the interviewer racist? He was clearly just screwing around, do Canadians not get sarcasm? Next time you interview him, you should try not wearing such a pretty little girl dress.
putty- November 2, 2010 at 9:34 am
sounds like CP got their little liberal feelers hurts......as per the F. Griffin expose'. "See hes mean to everybody, it not just us feeling insecure..." BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!
dranokills- November 2, 2010 at 9:21 am
so glad to see I'm not alone.
seriously BG all bullshit aside this hasn't worked out, get someone who is cool, and doesn't have an attitude. Find someone like yourself, cause you are always cool.
MRuss, go find another job, OR ban everyone here who thinks you need to move on, but do something cause we need some separation from you, so BG if you wont fire him, or let him go then get rid of us, cause I am tired of this fucking up what is a great MMA website.
Hire Rex, seriously he knows his stuff better than anyone and he isn't a full on cockbag.
Videodrome_NOW- November 2, 2010 at 9:18 am
@ Karma.
Give me a break, dude. Nice logic. Bonnar won his first fight in years? What about Forrest? He's never in an exciting fight. He beat Tito,...barely. (Wow, that's something to be proud of.) Both of Bonnar's fights against KSos were fucking awesome. His coverage on MMA Live as well as new commentary for WEC, is funny and informative. Where's Griffin on that? He's far more comical than Forrest and will never run out of the ring like a giant vagina. All these hypocrites want to talk shit on whiny bitches while at the same time defending the biggest one we've ever known in Forrest.
God, I never said Bonnar was the greatest thing that happened, but your little nuts got pissed because I said he was more interesting than your little crybaby boyfriend. And Karma, take an English class because you're grammar fucking blows.
Swedish- November 2, 2010 at 7:59 am
@Ben Goldstein - Are you listening to any of this feedback? Are you not worried what your staff is doing to your "baby"?
steampunk22- November 1, 2010 at 10:27 pm
@macreadyshack

I was wondering where you went! You were one of my favorite posters for quite awhile.

Where you at? MMAfighting?
herb137- November 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm
CP IS FUCKIN UP.forrest is the MAN, yall are a buncha whiney bitches. fuck you steampunk suck a fat one.
fatbellyfrank- November 1, 2010 at 9:28 pm
Why is FoGriff a dick? last article I read on here when he was talking bout not wanting to fight Jones and his fight with Silva was entertaining and pretty cool IMO.
FoGriff is just a different kind of dude, should have picked that up from his haircut in TUF 1.
I'd suggest that if you where to interveiw FoGriff naked in a hot tub full of hookers while doing tequila shots you'd get a fucken great interveiw, its all about setting the scene dudes
macreadysshack- November 1, 2010 at 8:39 pm
+several zillion @ dranokills

And . . .

To whom it may concern at Cage Potato (and it should concern ALL of you):

I am pretty sure Mike is going to sink your entire wonderful ship with his arrogance and pussyness. I wanted to do the whole 'beware the ides of March' thing the very first week he appeared but I had hope he'd learn something and stop being such a fucking primadona. So far, no go. I seriously think it's time to ask him to move on before he sinks your ship.

I've stopped posting here because of him. I'll still check in once in awhile, just in case there's something that still-here-Ben has written or to give this schmuck a thirteenth chance but you've lost me as a several times a day clicker. I'm checking this site less and less frequently. Pretty soon, I'll stop completely. Maybe I'm alone. Maybe I'm not. If I'm not, you guys are wasting time bringing him up.

Go ahead and reply MRuss. Give me some bullshit that turns this around on me rather than addressing the fact that you are a HORRIBLE match for this site. Obfuscate away like a little squid squirting ink, like you always do. I won't read it anyway. Over and out - good luck, CP.
macreadysshack- November 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm
I'm coming out of retirement once more to say - get over yourself, MRuss. This shit is a travesty. Go have a good cry in the shower and buck up little soldier.
KarmaAteMyCat- November 1, 2010 at 7:32 pm
@Video

Did you just say Bonnar is becoming relevant on any level? He won his first fight in years and He's picking up speed? What are you completely fucking inept? No fuck that don't even answer the questions above I can understand ignorance but not complete stupidity. Like Whoa! Bonnar is relevant in MMA NOW GUYS! Forrest Griffin will never be Irrelevant if he was people wouldn't take the time to write article's about him thanks for playing please Insert a quarter to try again.
Meaot- November 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm
Well I'm glad I didn't live in Athens when FoGriff was a cop...
dranokills- November 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm
You know here is the thing about all those interviews.....I found them to be funny as hell.
Forrest is just a silly guy who seems bored and sick of all the attention yet glad to be a part of the history that counts for the UFC.
And hearing how he treated you Mruss, is in itself fucking funny.
You take yourself to seriously. you think you are more than what you really are, I mean since you bring this shit up to the point of ad nauseam, you do have funny hair, and you do have silly looking glasses...and yeah you do look like Jack Osbourne. The fact that it pisses you off just makes you a bigger target. The fact Forrest took a CAGEPOTATO shirt and marked on it or said he had no idea what it was, was prolly true.
Here is the facts:
Forrest Griffin is probably 1 of 10 of the most important fighters in UFC history.
He doesn't have time for reading a bunch of websites related to MMA when hes training and having a life and being popular.
you DO give off a certain geek factor, and If I was FG I woulda kicked your leg and broke it like he did that one reporter.
He owes you nor CP or anyone interviewing him a damn thing. he wants to be funny and not be so boring and serious.
You getting all butt-hurt over FG dissing you, much less ME dissing you is pathetic, sad....and in itself extremely funny.
Charming Charlie- November 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm
Chad Dundas investigative reporting: Fertittas campaign contributions
Mike Russel investigative reporting: Forrest Griffin Kind Dick Reporters
DeadPull- November 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm
How was he a dick exactly? How about the reporter figures out how to conduct an interview before he starts asking random, dumb ass questions. You can't blame Forrest for getting bored with an interviewer who has no direction to his questions.
Kimbos Bread- November 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm
@MRuss

I'll have to apologize in advance because I'm about to be very blunt.

Sorry you took offense to Forrests humor but in this business you have to learn that you can't expect the world to bend to your emotions but to roll with the punches. Forrest is a light hearted dude and always acts as a clown. If you're gonna complain about waiting an hour to interview him than quit your job right now or stop acting like a whiny little school girl. The people you interview are doing you the favor and not vice versa. So if you have to wait ten hours for an interview so an athlete can finish signing autographs for his fans than so be it. Making a fuss about it like you did here just shows how far CP has fallen as of late. And the fact that I know this and you don't shows how inappropriate you are for the role of a reporter and a writer a site like this.
PurplePancake- November 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm
I was kind of sympathetic to the author of this article... before I actually watched his supposed evidence. I agree with @HARJO, "the new CP writers seem to be a bunch of whiny girls" but then again that is an insult to whiny girls.
hturd- November 1, 2010 at 5:19 pm
Nothing wrong with Forrest here, that interwiewer was like a deer in the headlights... lots of missed opportunities there...
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