FORREST GRIFFIN (18-7, 9-5 UFC) vs. TITO ORTIZ (16-10-1, 15-10-1 UFC)
Tito Ortiz is looking to go out with a bang before he hangs them up after this fight. Ortiz has stated he is retiring from MMA after this encounter and he has been one of the best fighters in UFC history. Tito Ortiz is one of the main reasons why the UFC is where it is today and helped UFC grow into the powerhouse organization it is today.
Griffin is also a centerpiece for the success of the UFC. His encounter with Stephan Bonnar was the biggest fight in the history of the sport. The Ultimate Fighter season one winner put the UFC on the map. On April 9, 2005, the UFC was hoping for a great show, and they got more. Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar were fighting for a six-figure contract to join the UFC, and the fight was so good they both received six-figure contracts. People were calling all of their friends telling them to turn on Spike TV to watch these two men go mano-y-mano for three full rounds. It was an epic fight, and the UFC has not looked back since. The popularity of the UFC soared after this fight. If it wasn't for Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar the UFC would have never reached a seven-year deal worth over $700 million with FOX.
On Saturday, two of the most important fighters in UFC history will meet up in the middle of the Octagon for the rubber match. Ortiz won the first via split decision. It was one of the most exciting fights of 2006. On Nov. 21, 2009, they met for a second time and Griffin pulled out a unanimous decision victory. Both of these fights were extremely close and very competitive. This one is for all the bragging rights.
Ortiz wants to retire on a winning note. Griffin needs a much needed victory to get back into the top-ten in the light heavyweight division. Griffin has lost three of his previous five fights since beating Quinton "Rampage" Jackson to win the light heavyweight belt at UFC 86.
Ortiz has dropped five of his last six fights inside the Octagon.
This should be a very intriguing fight as both fighters need a win badly. Griffin wants to stay relevant in the 205-pound division. Ortiz wants to go out with a win before he enters the next chapter of his life. I see this being a very competitive fight like the first two. Ortiz will look to establish his wrestling and put Griffin on his back.
Griffin will try to keep the fight on the feet so he can land his jab and leg kicks. Griffin has some of the best leg kicks in the UFC and he will look to land some leg kicks to slow Ortiz down. Ortiz was one of the best ground and pound strikers back in his prime, and he will try to finish one more opponent with his vicious ground and pound.
This fight will more than likely go the distance (like their first two fights) and whoever executes their game plan will leave the Octagon victorious.