UFC 148 Results Recap: Tito Ortiz Vs. Forrest Griffin

Tito Ortiz raises his hand to the crowd during UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, July 7, 2012. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

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.

More Bloody Elbow coverage of UFC 148 in the full entry.

UFC 148 Results: Rashad Evans Asks To Fight Anderson Silva - Tim Burke

UFC 148 Results: Chael Sonnen Reveals Himself Again In Defeat Against Anderson Silva - David Castillo

UFC 148 Results: What's Next For The Main Card Fighters - Tim Burke

UFC 148 Video: Post-Fight Interviews With Anderson Silva, Forrest Griffin, Cung Le, More - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148 Results And Video: Dana White Furious With Forrest Griffin - Josh Nason

UFC 148 Results: Sunday Perspective - T.P. Grant

UFC 148 Results: The Legal Gray Area Of Anderson Silva's Knee On Chael Sonnen - KJ Gould

UFC 148 Results: Second Place Sonnen Found A Way To Lose - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148 Results And Payouts: $6.5 Million Gate Sets New Record, Tito Ortiz Tops In Fighter Pay - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148 Results: Winners And Losers - Tim Burke

UFC 148: Silva Vs. Sonnen II Results And Post Fight Analysis - Brent Brookhouse

UFC 148 Video: Forrest Griffin Explains Behavior Dana White Calls 'Professional Suicide' - Nate Wilcox

UFC 148: Anderson Silva Vs. Chael Sonnen Video Highlights - Tim Burke

Bad Boy Presents Bloody Elbow Radio - Episode 183: UFC 148 Results Review - Matt Bishop

UFC 148 Post-Fight Press Conference Video And Coverage - Tim Burke

UFC 148: Silva Vs. Sonnen II - Live Results And Play-By-Play For Pay-Per-View - Brent Brookhouse


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