FORREST GRIFFIN VS. TITO ORTIZ
Round 1 – Touch of gloves gets us started. Ortiz charges in but can't secure his opponent and backs off. Lots of dancing and little landing for distance. Ortiz moves in and lands a body shot. Griffin patient in the center of the cage and laughs off a shot to the groin. Ortiz shoots, grabs the ankles, and puts Griffin on his back. Ortiz postures up and delivers some patented ground and pound before Griffin ties him up. Ortiz moves into half guard as Griffin grabs an arm and uses it to get to his feet. Ortiz grabs a leg and pushes Griffin back into the cage. Griffin reverses and puts Ortiz against the fence and delivers some knees. The fighters break, and we restart in the center of the cage. Griffin lands a right during a collission. Ortiz already looks a bit gassed. Griffin counters with a right and then fends off a takedown. The fighters trade jabs. Griffin mixes in jabs and inside leg kicks. Griffin is knocked off balance during a clash in the center of the cage but lands a knee to the body before the round ends. MMAjunkie.com scores a close first round for Ortiz, 10-9.
Round 2 -Both fighters are breathing heavily as the second round begins. Both miss with wide rights. Ortiz with a nice left, and Griffin staggers back. Ortiz shoots and puts him on his back. Ortiz works from full guard and drops some elbows that connect. More punches from Ortiz. Griffin pulls him close, and Ortiz moves to half guard. Griffin, though, escapes once again when Ortiz tries to improve his position. Back to the center of the cage. Ortiz telegraphs a takedown that Griffin sniffs out. A front kick from Griffin knocks out Ortiz mouthpiece, and we have a quick break while it's washed. Ortiz scores another takedown, one that Griffin should have seen. Griffin works the butterfly guard but goes back to full as Ortiz lands a nice elbow and then another. Griffin is bleeding near his left eye. Griffin pulls Ortiz close once again, but Ortiz scores a couple elbows that cut open Griffin badly. Griffin reverses and takes top position, and the crowd comes alive. Griffin throws a burst of short elbows, but they don't seem to have a much on them. MMAjunkie.com scores it 10-9 for Ortiz.
Round 3 – Griffin works with a sense of urgency and throws kicks and punches form a variety of angles. Griffin with a couple low kicks that score and another. Griffin with a nice right-left combo that backs up Ortiz. Ortiz has slowed a bit, and Griffin gets throw some more shots. A right-left combo lands for Griffin. Griffin is starting to pick apart Ortiz while moving in and out with punches. Ortiz shoots, but Griffin stuffs it, and Ortiz retreats. Griffin with a low kick. Griffin working more punches through Ortiz's defenses. Ortiz isn't hurt, but he's got no answer right now. Griffin with a nice righr-punch right-kick combo. Griffin goes high and partially connects on a kick to the head. Ortiz eats another kick but is still standing. Griffin keeps swinging but can't get the knockout or knockdown he needs. Ortiz finally answers back as the round comes to a close. A huge embrace from both fighters. MMAjunkiel.com scores a clear round for Griffin, 10-9. Forrest Griffin def. Tito Ortiz via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28).