By Jamie McAllister
Forrest Griffin in an interview with UFC.com
Griffin will face Tito Ortiz for the third time at UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II on July 7, 2012 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Here is what Griffin had to say about facing Ortiz for the third and final time.
“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.”