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9/16/2013 6:00:00 AM
UFC legend to share his message in Kingman
Forrest Griffin will speak, sign autographs Saturday
Former UFC champion Forrest Griffin will spend the day in Kingman Saturday, speaking and signing autographs as part of a Central Christian Church event.
Former UFC champion Forrest Griffin will spend the day in Kingman Saturday, speaking and signing autographs as part of a Central Christian Church event.

Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - Former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin will spend the weekend in Kingman starting Saturday when he attends a splatter paint party for area teens and at Lee Williams High School Sept. 22.

Griffin will share his story and spread a message of hope as part of a Central Christian Church program.

Griffin will speak at 9:30 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. and will sign autographs between sessions and from 12:15 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Rednecks BBQ will sell lunches and R&R Jumps will provide jump houses for children. Prizes will be given out, free four tickets to a UFC fight in Las Vegas.

Memberships to Energie Gym, Kingman Fitness and Racquet Club, the Wellness Center and Anytime Fitness will be given out as other prizes.

While admission is free on Sunday, $10 will get area high school students into the Fuse Splatter Paint Party Saturday at Fireman's Park. Tickets will be sold at the door and middle and high school students who participate must show school identification to gain entrance to the 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. event, which features Griffin and DJ Rick Remixx.

Griffin won it all in the first season of "The Ultimate Fighter," a reality television program that features mixed martial artists training and fighting one another with the winner landing a UFC contract.

The show mixes drama in the Las Vegas home where all the fighters live and incredible action inside the octagon.

The year was 2006 and Griffin, a former Georgia police officer, defeated Stephan Bonnar. The fight was broadcast live for free on cable television and drew millions of viewers - and gave the once-fringe sport access to millions of fans.

Griffin would go on to win the UFC championship, but injuries ended his career.

He became a member of UFC's Hall of Fame in July.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Article comment by: Ashley Baldwin

This is such wonderful news!! When I lived in LA, I hosted and attended many UFC parties to watch the fights. I also attempted to get into jui-jitsu myself, but I'm a better spectator. I will definitely bring my stepson to this event! We need more POSITIVE influences for school age kids in Kingman!!! Thanks, Forrest and CCC!

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