Light heavyweight icon Tito Ortiz came forward a few months back to say his next fight would be his last and, like an inmate on death row, Ortiz has been granted his final meal in the form of Forrest Griffin at UFC 148. The 37-year old veteran had long lobbied for a third shot at Griffin after each man won a Split Decision in their previous two pairings.
Ortiz confirmed the clash via Twitter. The event is scheduled for July 7 in Vegas and will feature a title-fight between bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz and challenger Urijah Faber in the main event.
Formerly the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy”, a more mature Ortiz finally appeared to be back on track after notching an upset win against Ryan Bader this past July but has lost twice since, suffering a TKO in each defeat. He holds an overall record of 16-10-1 with all of the tilts taking place inside the Octagon. Among his most memorable performances are those against Chuck Liddell, Ken Shamrock, Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort, and Wanderlei Silva.
Comparably, Griffin is 18-7 and has fared better than Ortiz in the past five years with triumphs over Rich Franklin, Mauricio Rua, and Quinton Jackson. Still, the original Ultimate Fighter winner is in need of a victory after being knocked out by Rua in an August rematch, appearing to only have a limited number of bouts left in him before following Ortiz’s lead and calling it a career.
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