Forrest Griffin rallies to split decision over Tito Ortiz in UFC 106

November 22, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Forrest Griffin avenged his April 2006 split decision defeat, dominating Tito Ortiz in the final round of their light-heavyweight bout to win this time by split decision Saturday night at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The judges scored Ortiz’s comeback fight 28-29, 30-27, 29-28 for Griffin. Judge Marcos Rosales scoring of 30-27, raised a lot of eyebrows as the fight was far to close for a score like that. Ortiz appeared to win the second round decisively after securing a double-leg takedown and delivered a series of damaging elbows, before a bloodied Griffin eventually scrambled back to his feet.  Ortiz overall was very effective with takedowns in the first two rounds, while Griffin had the better of the standup action, particularly in the third round.

“Forrest was the better man tonight,” Ortiz said. “I’ve got to give it to him.”

“It’s 1-1, we’ll have to do a third,” Griffin told Ortiz afterward, referring to the fight Ortiz won narrowly by decision in Anaheim in 2006 at UFC 59.

In the co-main event at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, Josh Koscheck choked out welterweight Anthony (Rumble) Johnson at 4:47 of the second round.  In the other light-heavyweight bout, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira announced his entry into UFC  with a knockout win over Luiz Cane with left hooks to force a referee stoppage in less than two minutes.

UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, who is now recovering from major surgery was scheduled to headline UFC 106, against Shane Carwin, but had to withdraw.


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