After his recent loss at UFC 140, Tito Ortiz has asked for one final fight in the UFC and many, including Ortiz, feel a third match between “The People’s Champ” and Forrest Griffin would be ideal. Griffin lost a Split Decision to Ortiz back in 2006 but avenged that defeat with a Split Decision victory of his own in 2009 creating a unique “rubber match” with razor-thin results in the first two pairings.
Like his fellow former UFC light heavyweight title-holder Ortiz, the always-candid Griffin has no problems with a third tussle. In fact, also similar to the longtime Octagon icon, the original TUF winner feels his career is winding down as well. The 32-year old Griffin has not competed since suffering a knockout loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua this past August at UFC 134, is just 2-3 in his last five fights with all three defeats by knockout, and has publicly stated in the past that fighting is no longer fun for him.
“If anything, for me now, I’m realizing that I don’t have much left. This is the end of the road for me. I want a couple of more fight fights, you know, good ones! Fights where I don’t get knocked out in the first round,” said Griffin, in a recent interview with MMA Fight Corner. “Fights where I get hurt and bleed a little but I kinda rally back. Something of that nature. As far as a fight with Tito, yeah, it would be good but do people want to see it?”
Griffin also added he had no interest in fighting outside of the United States again joking that he doesn’t “travel well”. He currently holds an overall record of 18-7 including past wins over Rua, Chael Sonnen, Quinton Jackson, and of course Stephan Bonnar.
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MMATraining Take: Ortiz-Griffin would do great numbers in terms of PPV buy rates, as both men draw very well. Set as a co-main event or even a third fight on a big card, fans would race to see these two go at it again.