Forrest Griffin vs. Tito Ortiz is one of the quietest trilogies in UFC history. Both men have been top shelf stars for the promotion, but the three fights between the two have been spread apart far enough as to not have the level of memorability as something like Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard or even Tito Ortiz vs. Ken Shamrock.
Still, the two men will hook it up for a third time at UFC 148 to settle a score that has each man with one win in their first two meetings.
Forrest spoke to UFC.com to talk about the third meeting and had the following to say:
I was fighting for $300-400 when Tito was champion of the world. He’s not what he used to be, but he’s still putting on good fights with the best in the world. The Machidas, the Rashads. The guys that he’s fighting are the top ten, cream of the crop.
We’re 1-1, we’ve had good fights. There’s going to be some things that are tough to deal with. A good wrestler that comes down low, that comes with pressure, he’s a tough guy to fight. He’s still got a good overhand right, good shovel hook, he’s got good punches, good knees, he’s got a good Thai clinch. If you can stop him from coming forward, he’s not so hard to fight. But when he’s coming forward in that good stance, you can’t tell if he’s gonna throw a big bomb or shoot…that’s tough to deal with.
A lot of people ask me. They say ‘Forrest, it’s Tito’s retirement fight. If you lose to Tito, are you going to retire?’ If I lose to Tito, I’m going to retire from life. …seriously.
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