UFC ANNOUNCES CALIFORNIA DEBUT WITH UFC 59: REALITY CHECK FEATURING “THE HUNTINGTON BEACH BAD BOY” TITO ORTIZ vs. FORREST GRIFFIN
LIVE SATURDAY, APRIL 15, 2006 FROM ARROWHEAD POND OF ANAHEIM
Tickets on Sale Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006
Las Vegas, NV – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization today announced it will hold its first-ever UFC event in the state of California when it presents UFC 59: REALITY CHECK live from the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Saturday, April 15, 2006.
“We are pleased to announce that, after years of waiting, the UFC is finally coming to California,” said Dana White, UFC President. “We are looking forward to making our official debut with UFC 59 at the Arrowhead Pond, an event that brings one of our best light heavyweight fighters, Tito Ortiz, back into the Octagon™ and against one of our most popular UFC fighters Forrest Griffin.”
The UFC 59: REALITY CHECK all-star lineup of fights will lead with “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz in the soon-to-be-classic battle against The Ultimate Fighter® Season 2 finalist Forrest Griffin.
Tickets for UFC 59: REALITY CHECK will go on sale Saturday, Feb. 4, 2006 at 11 a.m. PT priced at $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50. Tickets will be sold at Arrowhead Pond Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.com or www.ufc.com, or by phone at 714.740.2000 or 213.480.3232.
Tito Ortiz 6’2″/205 lbs. recently made a stunning return to the UFC when Dana White announced – during a live UFC pay-per-view event – that Ortiz would join legendary fighter Ken Shamrock as a coach for the hit reality series The Ultimate Fighter Season 3. Ortiz, known for his strength and tenacity as a submission fighter, last fought in the Octagon at UFC 51 (2/5/05) when he defeated Vitor Belfort by a three-round split decision. Tito’s fans around the country have clamored for his return ever since, and he promises not to disappoint them when he takes on tough-as-nails fighter Forrest Griffin at UFC 59.
“I’ll be in my hometown in Orange County – there will be 18,000 Tito Ortiz fans screaming their heads off, and I’ve got to give them what they’ve paid for,” says Ortiz of his matchup with Griffin. “But I can’t look past Forrest; he’s tough. I’m just gonna try to buzzsaw through him and get ready for my next match.”
Forrest Griffin (12-2-0) 6’3″/205 lbs., fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev., was The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 Finale light heavyweight winner. He fought an epic battle with Stephan Bonnar, and after a three grueling rounds of nonstop action, was declared the winner by unanimous decision. In his first UFC pay-per-view bout, Griffin submitted Bill Mahood at UFC 53: HEAVY HITTERS. In his second UFC fight, he defeated Elvis Sinosic at UFC 55 by KO in the first round. Forrest is enjoying a strong winning streak and just as much popularity these days, and is ready to face Ortiz and prove he can stand, or hold his own on the ground, with the greats.
“I’m going to learn how to become an Olympic style wrestler before April 15, so don’t be surprised if we both get a little banged up,” said Griffin with a laugh about his fight. “But, in all honesty, I am very excited for the opportunity to fight Tito – it’s an honor to fight someone of his caliber.”
The remaining fighters and bouts for UFC 59: REALITY CHECK will be announced in the near future.
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