Forrest Griffin (19-7) has managed to ruin the retirement party for Tito Ortiz (16-11-1) at UFC 148 in Las Vegas, NV. After a three round war, Griffin walked out of the cage and into the crowd, only to return and hold his own interview of Tito Ortiz in his retirement. Here is the full play-by-play.
Griffin takes the center and lands first to the head. Ortiz lands a right. Head kick lands for Forrest again. Forrest ducks a right nicely and counters. Ortiz gets the takedown early. Classic elbow drop from Tito. Griffin scrambles to his feet. Both men trade momentarily in close quarters with Griffin looking to get the better of it. High kick for Tito thrown, and blocked. Tito comes forward and gets tossed to the fence by Griffin. Griffin looking to find the target with higher volume. Superman punch attempt misses for Forrest. Push kick lands for Forrest and Tito shoots in and gets Griffin down at the end of the round.
Griffin takes center again and starts with the leg kicks high and low. Tito counters with a big right rocking Forrest. Griffin ties it up in the clinch and looks to have survived. Stiff left lands clean for Forrest. Both men are breathing heavy as they continue a speedy pace. Forrest is finding success with the low leg checks. Uppercut catches Tito. Forrest is landing back-to-back combos now. Forrest lands right on the jaw and moves out of reach. Tito shoots at the end of the round and it’s stuffed and Forrest makes him pay throwing some hammer fists as the round ends.
Forrest more active mixing up leg kicks and three punch combos. Tito catches Forrest with a big right again that sends Forrest rolling to the ground. Tito rushes and gets to the guard and starts to work dropping the elbow. Forrest is staying busy trying to sweep, and switches to the kimura briefly. Forrest works off the cage to stand. Knee to the body by Forrest as they separate. Griffin continues to land with jab, straight. Tito responds with a big hook. Low leg kick stumbles Tito and they start swinging wildly for the last 10 seconds
Official: Forrest Griffin wins over Tito Ortiz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
The former champ takes the trilogy while bouncing back from injuries and a recent loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 134 Rio back in August. Prior to the loss, Griffin had strung two victories together between Rich Franklin and Tito Ortiz.