Right after Tito Ortiz (16-11-1) and Forrest Griffin (19-7) finished their trilogy, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” thought he was going to get his hand raised in what was promoted as his retirement fight. The judges ended up awarding the unanimous decision win to Griffin. In the post-fight interview inside the Octagon with Joe Rogan, Griffin would grab the microphone and conduct his own interview with Ortiz. The moment left Ortiz none too pleased.
“What Forrest did was really disrespectful,” said Ortiz to Bloody Elbow. “It’s like he went to smear it in and it was a damper on the whole night because I think my fans deserved more than that.”
In their previous two encounters, each fighter left with a split-decision win.
After UFC 148 concluded, Ortiz said that Rogan was the first person to interview him after he debuted for the promotion in 1997. Back then, Ortiz told Rogan that he would make a mark in MMA and was expecting his final interview to be with him.
Griffin would apologize to Ortiz at the UFC 148 post-fight press conference, saying that he wasn’t thinking clearly at the moment.
“I’ve absolutely forgiven him for it because life is too short to hold on to things like that,” said Ortiz. “People make mistakes. I’ve always been a fan of Forrest and always liked him and even that bit of ugliness he showed won’t change that.”