UFC Hall of Fame: Forrest Griffin
With his a self-effacing attitude and quirky sense of humor, former Georgia cop Forrest Griffin was an unlikely MMA superstar but, unquestionably, an all-time great. His amazing victory over Stephan Bonnar in the very first Ultimate Fighter finale is widely credited with establishing MMA as a mainstream sport. Griffin also defeated fellow Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz 2-1 in a their epic trilogy, bested the likes of Chael Sonnen, Jeff Monson and Rich Franklin, crushed “Shogun” Rua when the Brazilian was considered the best fighter in the world and, ultimately, annexed the UFC light heavyweight title by outlasting Rampage Jackson. Griffin retired in 2013 with a 19-7 pro record.