Sometimes, we get so caught up in what athletes do inside and outside of their sportthat we forget how hard these athletes had to claw their way up just to make it to where they currently stand in their sport. Sometimes, it takes time for men and women to grow and mature into the professional athletes we see on television. Others, in contrast, use personal experiences to help motivate them as they emerge into the professional athletes we see and speak of on a regular basis.

Don’t let Jordan Griffin’s status as a 7-3 prospect fool you.

The 24-year-old may have declared pro in 2011, but he has been at this game of mixed martial arts since 2009. After a 5-2 run in the amateur circuit, Griffin knew it was time. His first four professional bouts left him running at 1-3, but as fate would have it, a special something would provide motivation that Griffin himself knew he could bring.

“My uncle Charles Rosalez died on Nov. 3, 2013,” Griffin explained to The MMA Corner. “I never knew my dad, and Uncle Charley was always there for me.”

The loss of a family member always motivates a fighter in ways that very few can comprehendunless they have experienced such an ordealwith some of the motivation coming from more negatives than from positives. Incidentally, Griffin losing his uncle did not mark the first curveball that life would throw at him.

Even before MMA, Griffin faced a variety of different obstacles. But in the past couple of years, a lot of things have all played a hand in lighting the fire inside of the Roufusport prospect and pupil of former NAFC and UFC veteran, Eric “Red” Schafer.

Griffin can recall the losses against Tyler Hellenbrand, Gary Bivens, and Damian Norrisall for a variety of reasons. Norris cut Griffin’s head open, which warranted the end of the fight, and Griffin knew himself well enough to know that he was better than he had performed in those three bouts.

Somewhere down the line, Griffin had to ask himself one very important question.How bad do you really want this?” 

He knew in his heart that he wanted to do this, but he also recognized that something had to change if he was going to make a run at the MMA path.

“I was never afraid to fight, but have you ever seen guys and they think too much about it? With me, it turned into this thing where, I had been training so much, wanting to fight so much, and then fighting so much that I wasn’t nervous about anything.”

The lack of nervousness showed as Griffin would go onto a tear on the heels of the Norris fight, and since then, he has not looked back. The hot-streak has brought Griffin to Prior Lake, MN, where he awaits Dan Moret this Friday night at RFA 19.

Moret is a solid prospect that owns three of wins by decision, but suffered a tough decision loss against Luke Sanders back in March. Moret looks for a chance to get back on track with a win over Griffin, but the Roufusport product has other plans. After all, the Duke Roufus-operated camp in the post-WEC era of the sport has posted up a good track record when it comes to the RFA, as the likes of Sergio Pettis,

Mike Rhodes, and others have found themselves winning in the RFA at one moment, and then signing with the UFC at the next moment. Couple that track record in with the road Griffin has climbed, and “The Psycho Hammer” guarantees that no one in the RFA will ever extinguish the will that Griffin has to stay winning, especially not Moret when the two collide this Friday.

“I’m not afraid of any of these guys, they’re human, just like me. I’m going to go in there, and I’m going to throw everything and the kitchen sink at [Moret], and if that’s not the best, then I’m going to back in there, fix it for my next fight, and I’m going to destroy that guy, and that’s just been my mentality.”

About The Author

Dale De Souza
Staff Writer

Dale De Souza is a 22-year-old kid straight out of Texas, who grew up around Professional Wrestling but embraced the beauty of Mixed Martial Arts and Combat Sports at a young age. Dale is a Featured Columnist at Bleacher Report MMA, a writer at The MMA Corner.