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Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz threw down in Tito's retirement fight, and it was a very memorable bout. Griffin kept up a torrid pace for 15 minutes that had Tito gassed out late, but Tito dropped Forrest in the second and third rounds and did everything he could to slow Griffin down. it wasn't enough in the end though. After the bout, Griffin initially took off out of the cage, then came back and handled the post-fight interview for Ortiz.
Griffin came out with two leg kicks and Ortiz responded with a right. Griffin looked for an uppercut inside but got taken down. Tito landed a big elbow on top. Ortiz caught Forrest with a nice right while he was coming up. Forrest landed a couple of nice left hooks and a a body kick. Tito shot in from way outside but Forrest pushed him away. Tito's output slowed as Forrest started to take over on the feet a bit over the second half of the round. Ortiz shot in with a few seconds to go but couldn't do much with it.
The fighters exchanged kicks and Tito landed a big right hand that briefly dropped Griffin. They clinched up against the cage and Forrest landed some knees. Griffin went back to his leg kick/straight right combination. Both guys landed big right hooks. Ortiz wasn't checking any of Griffin's kicks at all. Griffin landed a nice uppercut and two jabs. The fighters exchanged big punches for the rest of the round, but Griffin got the best of it once again. Tito went for another late takedown, but got stuffed and ate some hammerfists.
Forrest opened the final round of Tito's career with a barrage of kicks. Tito dropped Griffin with another right hook and sent him sprawling across the cage Heath Herring style. Tito then got a takedown and looked to establish some GnP. Forrest briefly looked for a kimura from the bottom. Ortiz kept position but didn't land much. Griffin finally up with two minutes to go. Tito looked pretty winded and Griffin landed a few solid punches. Tito landed another big right. Both fighters threw down with 10 seconds to go. It was a great fight.
Griffin just walked out of the cage after the fight, with Dana white chasing after him. Then he came back. Very odd.