By Jamie McAllister
After three rounds of back-and-forth action between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin at UFC 148 Griffin left the cage. He was followed by Dana White who told him to “get the f–k back in the cage,” for the reading of the decision which went his way.
Before UFC commentator Joe Rogan got the chance to conduct Ortiz final interview Griffin decided to do the interview himself.
Tito Ortiz commented on the situation at the post fight press conference and admits he was “pissed” by Griffin’s antics.
“I was pissed. I’ve been in this sport a lot longer. You have to understand, 15 years ago, May 3, 1997, Joe Rogan was the first person to interview me, and I told him, I’m going to make a mark in this sport. It was my first fight. I said, just you wait. I’m going to make my mark in this sport. I helped build this sport to be what it is to this day. For Forrest to step in and do what he did, after running? I can’t complain about anything, as I said, I wish Joe Rogan got to interview me.”
UFC President Dana White also commented on the situation.
“He drives me crazy, this guy. It’s professional suicide, the things that he does. People love Forrest Griffin, okay? So I ran after him. I don’t have to tell you guys, everyone in this room knows exactly what I said. So he turned around, and he ran back into the ring. … “It’s Tito’s last fight. If Tito won his fight, stand there, get your hand raised or Tito’s hand raised. If your plugging for Joe Rogan’s fucking job, it isn’t going to happen. Leave the microphone alone until Joe comes over and talks to you. I love Forrest Griffin, always have. He’s a great guy but he gets a little kooky sometimes.”
For his part Griffin sincerely apologized and explained himself.
“I sincerely apologize. I don’t know what I was thinking. I sincerely apologize, I’m sorry. … I wasn’t too pleased with my performance. I put big emphasis on finishing, felt like I had an opportunity to finish it in a very close fight. I left it in judges’ hands. When I got up from that takedown in the third, I thought I had opportunity to make it at least a more lopsided fight and I couldn’t capitalize on that and I was frustrated.”
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