It’s been a long but memorable road for Tito Ortiz as a Mixed Martial Artist. Throughout his fifteen year career Ortiz has never competed a single time outside of the UFC, racking up a 16-10-1 record as one of the sport’s true legends. Now that path has an end in sight where Ortiz will saddle up one final time before riding off into the proverbial sunset.
According to the 37-year old via Twitter, he has gotten his wish and will face Forrest Griffin (18-7) on July 7 at UFC 148.
Ortiz’s best days are long behind him though he showed a flash of his brilliance this past July in beating talented competitor Ryan Bader at UFC 132. However, earlier in his career “The People’s Champion” was a true force, racking up wins over Ken Shamrock, Guy Mezger, Wanderlei Silva, Evan Tanner, and Vitor Belfort.
Griffin has also struggled lately though not to the extent of Ortiz, losing via TKO to Mauricio Rua in August after picking up consecutive victories over Ortiz and Rich Franklin. Other notable instances of success for Griffin inside the Octagon include those against Rua, Stephan Bonnar, and Quinton Jackson.
UFC 148 will feature a main event between bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz and rival Urijah Faber, as well as bouts such as Tim Boetsch-Michael Bisping and Franklin-Cung Le.
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MMATraining Take: Let’s face it – no objective MMA fan wanted to see this fight take place. However, Ortiz’s contributions to the sport are enough that he deserves to go out on his own terms, and if playing third fiddle on a card in a semi-relevant bout he feels he can win is what he wants to do, far be it from anyone to deny him of that privilege.