In the UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II semi-main event, Tito Ortiz lost his retirement fight to Forrest Griffin. Griffin took the fight via unanimous decision, with scores of 29-28 on all three cards. With the win, Griffin moves to 2-1 in his series with Ortiz and 19-7 in his career. Ortiz retires with a final record of 16-11-1.
Both of the previous Griffin vs. Ortiz fights were fun, close fights, and this one was no exception. Ortiz had some moments where he looked like the Ortiz of old, including a big shot that staggered Griffin in round 3. But in the end, Ortiz was simply too broken down from his 15 year career, and could not keep the momentum going. Post-fight, Griffin drew the ire of Dana White for leaving the Octagon before the decision was read, then usurping Joe Rogan's spot and conducting the post-fight interview with Ortiz in a weird moment.
What was the high spot of this fight?
Seeing Tito rock Forrest in round 3 and take top control one last time was great. A shame it was too little too late, but it was great while it lasted.
Where do these guys go from here?
Tito Ortiz moves on to a well earned retirement. And the Light Heavyweight division gets just a bit less dynamic as a result. You never know if a retirement will stick, and if that truly will end up being his final fight, but it probably should be, and it wasn't a bad way to go out at all, despite the loss.
Forrest Griffin is drawing a ton of criticism for his post-fight actions. It's hard to say what is next for the former champion, as he has looked so off in recent fights. This one was a bit better, until that ending. It seems like he should just retire at this point, but barring that, I'm sure he'll be out of action for awhile before returning against some other former champion such as Lyoto Machida or Dan Henderson.
Watch it now, later or never?
Now. An appropriately dramatic end to one of the UFC's all time greats.
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