UFC Hall of Famer, Tito Ortiz fought in what is supposedly his last MMA out of his storied career. In this fight, Tito fought Forrest Griffin in the co-main event of UFC 148, dropping a close unanimous decision.
Boos rained down from the MGM Grand Garden Arena as Griffin took the mic and made Ortiz’s last appearance in the Octagon, a strange one.
Now, Ortiz hints at the possibility of some outside help for Griffin that propelled him to a pre-planned victory over Ortiz. In an interview with GnP.tv, Ortiz tells us to go back and watch the fight stating that:
“For the first time ever in UFC that they showed ‘strikes attempted’ not ‘strikes landed’. When do you ever show strikes attempted? He never hit me, I blocked all of them, I checked all of his kicks.”
He goes on to claiming that even UFC color commentator Joe Rogan may have had some minor part in the plot as he narrated a ‘one-sided’ affair during the fight and even avoided the topic when Ortiz appeared as a guest on ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ podcast.
This may just be Ortiz attempting to wrap his head around a close fight, putting meaning where none can be invariably distinguished, but it is something to think about. Not at all claiming that the UFC is in the fight fixing business, but instead a review of the fight as a whole, with significant moments as the basis for ruling the fight.
Ortiz also calls to question UFC president Dana White’s decision to track Griffin down post-fight and return him to the Octagon in a move that coincides with UFC conduct to not leave the Octagon before an official decision is read. White could have very easily been restoring order as he knows he can instantaneously, in a co-main event of the biggest card of the year.
Whatever the reason, bizarre acquisitions such as this are simply counter-productive for Ortiz who remains a UFC legend and was on a 1-6-1 streak going in to the Griffin fight with a win meaning little at that point.
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