Two fighters with a lot to prove will be headlining UFC 106 on November 21st. Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin was promoted to the main event after the postponement of the Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin bout. “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” is busy training for the fight, and promises to put on an exciting show for the fans.
“It’s kind of do or die for both of us. But I promise I’m going to get in there and entertain. I can’t wait,” Ortiz recently told The Los Angeles Times during a training break in Big Bear.
This will be Ortiz’ first fight in the UFC since his departure in May 2008. Contract disputes and back surgery have sidelined the fighter for over a year.
“This is my comeback fight. I’m not going to lie, it’s been a challenge for me,” Ortiz explained. “I have no [back] pain, but I’m dealing with the fatigue from not fighting so long. I’m like 80-90% now, not 100.”
The Ortiz-Griffin bout is a rematch of their UFC 59 bout in April of 2006, which resulted in a controversial split-decision in favor of Ortiz. Many fans disagreed with the judges decision, while Ortiz maintains that the judges got it right.
“Look at that fight again with the volume off and you’ll see I got two takedowns to win the first round,” Ortiz noted. “I kind of gassed out. I had a torn [knee ligament] and bulging [back] disc, and probably shouldn’t even have fought, so he probably won the second round. But I came back in the third and got that last takedown to get him. It might have been a split-decision, but I thought I won. Look at my face after the fight, and look at his, and you’ll also see my hand was raised afterward.”
The bout will be Griffin’s first since suffering a first-round knockout loss at UFC 101 in August to UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva. Many fans were upset with the way Griffin dealt with the loss, when he darted back to the dressing room immediately after the fight without addressing the media.
“Two former champions,” Ortiz stated. “A lot of fans hate Forrest now after the Silva fight, but he usually brings it, and I always come to fight. I’m not going anywhere. I’ve been surviving for 12 years. I know how to do this.”
UFC 106 takes place on November 21st inside the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.