Given what legendary UFC light heavyweight Tito Ortiz has accomplished inside the Octagon, there’s little debating about whether or not he deserved the opportunity to choose an opponent for his final fight. Ortiz is a former champion with some huge wins under his belt and a number of significant buyrates attached to his name, as well as an icon bringing attention to MMA before the sport experienced the success it since has.
In Forrest Griffin, who Ortiz faces July 7 at UFC 148 in what will be the conclusion of a trilogy, the former “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” sees an adversary he knows he can beat who also comes to entertain fans as Ortiz has for so many years.
“It’s time to showcase my skills of knowing that I’m one of the Top 10 guys in the light heavyweight division,” said Ortiz of the bout in an interview with the UFC, turning to his foe, stating, “Forrest comes to fight. That’s why I asked to fight him. Cause he comes in to fight. He ain’t going in there looking for points. He wants to put on a show too but he’s the bully.”
Check out the complete interview with Ortiz below:
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MMATraining Take: I honestly believe Ortiz’s decision has more to do with the knowledge of having outpointed Griffin before and taken him to a Split Decision in their other meeting than it does with Griffin’s fan-friendly style in the cage. Ortiz wants to ride off into the sunset, not go out a loser.