The first two times former light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin met the bouts resulted in a pair of Split Decisions with each man doing damage but neither turning in a dominant performance. This time around Ortiz feels things will play out differently given the additional motivation he’ll be entering the Octagon with at UFC 148.
Ortiz has stated the match-up will mark his final fight, capping off a fifteen-year career as one of the organization’s biggest stars.
The longtime “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has been immersed in his camp at Big Bear where his dedication in the gym has led to a supreme confidence as was evident during the UFC Countdown special attached to the July 7 event.
“He kicks at me, I’m taking him down. He punches at me, I’m taking him down,” explained Ortiz. “He better learn how to get off the floor. I’m gonna destroy his face. He’s gonna feel what punishment is about. I’m gonna put him through hell.”
Even Griffin understands how dangerous Ortiz may be come showtime, explaining, “He knows it’s gonna be his last brawl. He’s taking it serious,” when approached on the topic of Ortiz’s attitude entering the fight.
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