The third matchup between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin is finally official, as the two light heavyweights will conclude the trilogy in their rubber match at UFC 148 in Las Vegas on July 7th. The match will likely be Ortiz’s last, as he is set to retire following his record 27th UFC match.
Ortiz (16-10-1) last fought at UFC 140, losing to Antonio Rogerio Noguiera via 1st round TKO. The loss was his 6th in his last 8 matches. Aside from a draw with Rashad Evans in July 2007 and an upset win over Ryan Bader at UFC 132 in July 2011, Ortiz has been on the losing side in nearly every match since concluding his trilogy with Ken Shamrock in October 2006. Ortiz defeated Griffin in their first matchup via split decision at UFC 59 in April 2006. He lost to Griffin, which also came by split decision, at the rematch in November 2009 at UFC 106. The owner of the most consecutive light heavyweight title defenses, the former UFC champion is expected to retire following the fight with Griffin. Ortiz has one fight remaining on his contract, and will likely retire instead of re-signing or negotiating a new contract with other organizations.
Griffin (18-7) has not fought since losing to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 134 in Brazil last August. Griffin fought just twice in 2011, after taking all of 2010 off. Prior to his fight in Brazil, Griffin voiced his displeasure with the traveling and that he prefers to stay local for his fights. Luckily for Griffin, this will be his fifth fight of his last seven to take place in his hometown of Las Vegas. He and his wife welcomed their first child just days after his most recent fight in August. He flew home with UFC President Dana White in his private jet to return home for the birth of his daughter.
UFC 148 takes place on July 7th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The event will be headlined by a bantamweight championship bout between Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber, along with a middleweight matchup between Rich Franklin and Cung Le. Also taking place at the event will be another middleweight matchup between Michael Bisping and Tim Boetsch.
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