UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta previously reported that a trilogy between Tito Ortiz (Pictured) and Forrest Griffin was on its way. However, it wasn’t until Tuesday morning did fans discover when the former light heavyweight champions would collide.
UFC 148 on July 7th inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, as the organization has been cranking out fight announcements for the event at a furious pace over the past several days.
The 205-pounders initially met at UFC 59 in April of 2006. Ortiz took home a controversial split decision victory after a 14-month sabbatical over a contract dispute.
The rematch went down in November 2009 at UFC 106. That time, it was Griffin’s turn to win a split decision verdict.
Ortiz is just 1-6-1 over his past eight scraps, with a July 2011 upset special over Ryan Bader bringing about a brief resurgence. However, subsequent losses to Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira once again has his career in jeopardy.
This bout marks the final fight on his current UFC contract. Win, lose or draw, it will likely be the 37-year-old’s last inside the Octagon.
Griffin has dropped three of his past four contests. “The Ultimate Fighter 1″ winner was most recently seen getting put to sleep by Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 134.
Here is the card’s updated roster:
Renan Barao vs. Jeff Hougland
Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin
Michael Bisping vs. Tim Boetsch
Rich Franklin vs. Cung Le
Urijah Faber vs. Dominick Cruz (UFC Bantamweight Champion)