by MMAWeekly.com staff
The UFC, in conjunction with Tequila Cazadores, awarded Forrest Griffin the first ever UFC Authentic Spirit Award.

The award will be given to a UFC fighter monthly who exemplifies social responsibility, dedication to their art form and good sportsmanship. Griffin was announced as the recipient by UFC President Dana White at a media event held by the UFC, Tequila Cazadores and THQ at Tabu in the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino.

Griffin was given the award for his work with the Wounded Warriors program, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower wounded warriors.

He actively enlists his time and energy to raise awareness for the needs of severely injured servicemen and women and supports them on the road to healing both physically and mentally.

For winning the award, Tequila Cazadores will make a $1,000 donation in Forrest Griffin’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project. Each month, Tequila Cazadores will award a fighter with the UFC Authentic Spirit Award, culminating with a larger award given to the fighter that best exemplifies all the parameters through the course of the year.

A $10,000 charitable contribution will be presented to the winner with full proceeds benefiting the fighter’s charity of choice.