In another instance of the MMA world getting a little ahead of itself, it looks like the announcement of Forrest Griffin-Tito Ortiz 3 was a bit premature.
After both men publicly expressed interest in facing each other in a rubber match, UFC co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta revealed that the two would be meeting in the cage officially at an undetermined date. Speaking with MMAJunkie this week, UFC president Dana White explained that Griffin-Ortiz isn’t a done deal and definitely doesn’t have a date set.
“It’s not happening when Lorenzo thought it was going to happen,” White said. “But yeah, it could (happen eventually).”
Griffin and Ortiz met initially at UFC 59 back in 2006, with Griffin losing a close split decision. Their next meeting, at UFC 106 in 2009, ended in similar fashion but in Griffin’s favor. One more go-round would put an end to the rivalry.
Since then, Griffin has gone 1-1, beating Rich Franklin by decision and dropping a contest to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via knockout. Ortiz has gone 1-3, taking Ryan Bader in impressive fashion, but losing to Matt Hamill, Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.