Tito Ortiz announced on Twitter today that he will officially be facing Forrest Griffin on July 7th in Las Vegas on the UFC 148 fight card.
This is expected to be a retirement bout for the 37 year old “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz (16-10-1) and will be third meeting between the two fighters, with each winning one bout thus far.
The fight is nearly four months away and already the majority of Sports Book review websites currently have the odds in favor of the 18-7, Griffin.
Ortiz is a former light heavyweight champion who took the title with a decision over Wanderlei Silva at UFC 25 in April of 2000. He would go on to defend the belt 5 times, against the likes of Yuki Kondo, Evan Tanner, Elvis Sinosic, Vladimir Matyushenko and Ken Shamrock. Recent years have not been as pleasant for Ortiz as heâ€™s gone 1-6-1 in his past eight outings with the sole victory coming as an upset to rising star Ryan Bader in July of 2011. Still a competitor and always dangerous though, Ortiz wants to finish his career with a dominant performance in what will be his 27th octagon appearance.
Standing in his way with be another former light heavyweight champion in the form of the 32 year old Forrest Griffin (18-7). After winning The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Season 1, Griffin would go on to beat Rampage Jackson at UFC 86 to win the title before dropping it to Rashad Evans at UFC 92 in his first defense. Since, heâ€™s gone 2-2 in his last four outings, most recently finding himself knocked out by Mauricio Rua at UFC 134 in August of 2011.
No strangers to each other, Ortiz and Griffin have done battle on two previous occasions, both being decided by split decisions. Ortiz had his arm raised at UFC 59 while Griffin took the nod more recently at UFC 106.
UFC 148 is planned for July 7th at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Check back with 8CN often for updates on the fight card as they materialize.