Wish Granted: Ortiz vs. Griffin III in the Works

February 10, 2012
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Tito Ortiz‘s wish was to get a third fight with Forrest Griffin before he retires.
Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin at UFC 106
It appears that wish has been granted.

According to UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta, Ortiz will get Griffin for his final fight in the UFC, although a date and location have yet to be determined.

Fertitta went on a fan answering frenzy via Twitter late Thursday night. When he was asked who was next for Forrest Griffin, he simply answered “Tito.”

Ortiz has said candidly that he would like to fight in the UFC one more time before he calls it a career, and he wants that fight to be against Forrest Griffin.

The two former light heavyweight champions have battled twice in the past with each of them holding a win over the other. A third and final fight for Ortiz’s last fight ever seems fitting.

Ortiz last competed at UFC 140 in Toronto where he lost by TKO to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. It was the former champion’s second loss in a row after dropping to current top contender Rashad Evans in August 2011.

Forrest Griffin will also be looking to get back on the winning track after a loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua last August at UFC 134 in Brazil.

The UFC owner didn’t set a date for Ortiz vs. Griffin III, but it will likely land on a summer show.


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  • http://www.bloodyfists.net/forums/index.php SHORT_BUS

    Was that Lorenzo or was he hacked? Some of the verbiage seemed a little “off”.

    • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

      Maybe he was drunk

  • jmat13

    Seems like a good move. Both are at the end of their careers but are still big draws. Should be a good co-main event fight.

  • lawrensco

    REALLY! Ortiz vs Griffen 3, awesome! No actually I’m lying. I really meant who cares. If this is the co-main event, I hope they make up for it with an awesome main event. Sorry Ortiz and Griffen, I wish your fights still excited me.

    • KBEsq

      I totally agree. I try to be optimistic as much as I can, but I just couldn’t care less about this. It’s about as exciting to me as if they were to announce Garcia/Pham 3.

    • Lesnardo

      Oh god! I don’t want to see this fight. Bring King Mo or Mousasi to the UFC and feed them these fighters. Please!!!

  • matty

    I agree who cares!

    • Lesnardo

      No one cares about this fight. I would rather watch Arlovksi vs Tim Sylvia IV.

      • RubeKegal

        LOL Lesnardo!!

  • bbtakayama

    Griffin is the most overrated fighter of all time and Tito couldn’t beat him convincingly the first two times they fought so… Maybe they should fight Anderson Silva at the same time.

    • KBEsq

      lol that’s a great idea. It’s sad, but I actually think Silva would beat both of them.

  • Towers66

    This fight is happening why? I hate the circus b.s. Neither gains from the win, no risks if either lose. The first two fights were pretty bad. Just a handshake and two over the hill turds that don’t care either way as long as the check is signed. I guess i’m going to have to make a pick….. I say Tito wins this one by TKO. I just got a gut feeling. Call me crazy.

  • fsunoles09

    i cant believe the ufc still lets ortiz fight.the man has had 1 win in the past like 6 years wtf.

    • RubeKegal

      HEY!! He beat Ken Shamrock like 4 times and Ken is the world’s most dangerous man.

  • RubeKegal

    Screw this, lets bring back Harold Howard to take on Steve Jennum!!

  • chrispushman

    Over the past DECADE Ortiz is 4-8-1 if you don’t count fights against people named shamrock. I do not understand the fascination with this guy. How does
    he continue to get high profile fights and make millions of dollars when there are so many other fighters out there more deserving? Ridiculous. UFC is sure as hell not getting any pay per view money out of me for this one.