Though it may not have been a match-up fans were clamoring to see, it was the fight UFC legend Tito Ortiz wanted for his swan song in Mixed Martial Arts and has deservedly received. According to the 37-year old former champion via Twitter, he will face Forrest Griffin at UFC 148 to complete a trilogy of bouts thus far featuring a split pair of Split Decisions.
The event comes slightly more than fifteen years after “The People’s Champion” made his debut at UFC 13. 27 appearances later and Ortiz has compiled a 16-10-1 record including a handful of memorable wins and roles in some of the biggest fights in MMA history such as those against Ken Shamrock and Chuck Liddell. In addition to Griffin, Ortiz has also found success inside the Octagon against Shamrock, Ryan Bader, Guy Mezger, Evan Tanner, Wanderlei Silva, and Vitor Belfort.
However, Ortiz suffered TKO losses in his previous two appearances and has fallen in five of his last six fights, prompting his pending retirement.
The 18-7 Griffin has also experienced a number of extreme highs in the UFC including his stint on the Ultimate Fighter 1 and wins over Mauricio Rua as well as in a title-fight against Quinton Jackson. He is coming off a loss in the rematch against Rua, stopping what would have been his third consecutive victory after finding back-to-back success in outings against Ortiz and Rich Franklin.
UFC 148 is scheduled for July 7 and will feature Dominick Cruz against Urijah Faber for the bantamweight belt in headlining action. Other fights being featured on the PPV portion of the card include Tim Boetsch-Michael Bisping and Franklin-Cung Le.
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