In the co-main event of the evening, former champions Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin gave it their all in a third epic fight. Ortiz ended his career with a decision loss, but he gave it everything he had and hurt Griffin twice in the fight.
The first round was razor thin. Early on, Griffin wasted no time throwing kicks. Tito secured the clinch and took Griffin down early. From there Ortiz landed a hard elbow in Griffin’s guard. Griffin used the butterfly sweep to get back to his feet and for the rest of the round, Griffin lit Ortiz up with kicks to the leg.
Ortiz landed a big right hand early and the fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena started chanting Ortiz. Griffin is able to regain his composure and gets back on the outside and starts throwing more leg kicks. Ortiz looked noticeably tired late in the round and Griffin is able to get the better of the boxing. At the end of the round Ortiz shot for that Griffin easily sprawled on.
In the third round, Ortiz knocked Griffin down early again, and then gets the takedown. Griffin was able to keep his composure and not let Ortiz mount any offense in his guard and then scrambled to his feet. Griffin once back on his feet landed a few small strikes. The two men closed the round swinging for the fences.
Immediately, after the fight, Griffin walked right out of the Octagon and UFC officials went and stopped him and brought him back to the Octagon for the judge’s decision.
All three judges scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Forrest Griffin
Griffin went on to take the microphone and interviewed Ortiz after the bout. The bout was so close, Griffin seemed like he was a little surprised Ortiz was still retiring.
“I gave it my all, Ortiz told Griffin. I gave it my all. This was my last fight tonight. I’ve been doing this for 15 years man.
Griffin believed that the fight should’ve been scored a draw and that he’d be happy to go a fourth round. In fact, Griffin believes that all three fights could’ve been scored a draw.
“I felt like we had three draws to be honest,” Griffin said post-fight. “I wish we could go a fourth round tonight.
With the loss, the former champion Tito Ortiz exits the UFC with a 16-11-1 record and went an overall 1-4 in his last five bouts in the Octagon.