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“I kicked him in the head, but I kicked him light,” Griffin said. “It was more like a slap kick, but my foot hit his ear and his ear started ringing. After the practice he was like, ‘my f****** head’s still ringing!’”

Not that a former champion, TUF winner, savior of a sport and frontrunner for most likable athlete in MMA history needs the ego boost, but surely rocking a man more famous than YouTube is quite the badge of honor. Well, not for Griffin.

The potential Griffin saw in Slice and his ability to learn left an athlete as humble as the former king of the 205ers wondering if he just discouraged Slice. Immediately after wishing he could have spent more time in the gym with them, Griffin also thought about the man who introduced the two and was even more happy with the way he treated Slice.

“Bas Rutten was old, but he could probably still hurt me,” Griffin laughed. “That was another thing. When you come in with Bas Rutten, Bas was looking out for him.”

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