Forrest Griffin was a little quicker to the punch, earning a unanimous decision against Tito Ortiz. Ortiz may be the newly anointed UFC hall of famer, but he did not do enough to finish his career with a win.
Despite leaving the Octagon momentarily following the fight, Griffin’s sheer pressure earned him the victory. In a somewhat awkward post-fight moment, The very first TUF winner decided to interview Ortiz to get his thoughts on his last performance inside the Octagon.
“I gave it my all. I gave it my all. This is my last fight tonight. I’ve been doing this for 15 years, man,” Ortiz told Griffin.
Forrest may have been rattled by some of Ortiz’s punches, but his iron chin and stamina kept him in the bout. Always a competitor, Forrest rallied back to outstrike “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.”
“He gassed at the end, but I didn’t have gas either,” remarked Griffin. “But that second knockdown, it was a legit knockdown. I was lost for a while.”
“I felt like we had three draws, to be honest. I wish we could go a fourth round tonight,” commented Griffin.
The first TUF winner advances to 19-7 while Ortiz ends his MMA run at 17-11-1.