The trilogy between former light heavyweight champs Forrest Griffin (Pictured) and Tito Ortiz served as the co-main event for “UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II.”
If you were in search of highlight reel finishes, tonight’s event has thoroughly disappointed from that aspect thus far. Of the 10 bouts in the record books, eight have now gone the distance. Most of them in uneventful fashion.
Unfortunately for Ortiz, he will end his decorated mixed martial arts career with a decision loss to Griffin.
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada is hosting tonight’s festivities. Let’s see if the heavily-hyped rematch between middleweight king Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen can live up to the unprecedented hoopla.
Favorite (-) Underdog (+)
Tito Ortiz +240
Forrest Griffin -320
Here is the play-by-play from Ortiz vs. Griffin III:
Griffin is very generous with his kicking attack in the outset, allowing Ortiz to catch one and take him down. Vintage ground-and-pound from Ortiz. Griffin scrambles free. Griffin lands some punches. Ortiz counters with a head kick. Ortiz goes for a long shot and gets denied. Griffin is the more active fighter. Ortiz gets a last-second takedown. That was a tight one to score.
Ortiz looks winded. However, he drops Griffin with a right hand and pounces. Griffin gets to his feet and is swinging for his life. It appears Griffin has recovered, as he has Ortiz clinched against the fence. They are standing in the pocket and exchanging. Griffin lands a left hook. These guys are moving in slo-mo. Ortiz tries another last-second takedown, but eats some hammer fists to the body for his troubles.
Griffin connects on an uppercut. He’s tenacious with his assault. Ortiz floors him with a right hand, but is too tired to finish. Griffin gets back up for a brief second, though Ortiz takes him down. Griffin momentarily tried a kimura off his back. He fights his way to his feet and has Ortiz clinched against the cage. Ortiz is completely gassed.
Griffin bolts to the locker room before the scores are read. UFC president Dana White chases after him and makes him come back.
Forrest Griffin Defeated Tito Ortiz via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)