The light heavyweight division has always been full of colorful and exciting characters. Two of the most iconic in the UFC’s history happen to be the Hall of Fame tandem of former champions, Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin.
Ortiz and Griffin would compete against one another on three separate occasions throughout their careers. For The Ultimate Fighter season 1 winner in Griffin, the trilogy bout with Ortiz would end up being the last of his great career. But to get there, they had to break even in their two preceding bouts.
They first met inside the Octagon on April 15, 2006, as the co-main event of UFC 59. For Griffin, Ortiz was the man to hand him his first career defeat under the UFC umbrella. However, it didn’t come without some controversy in a rather close affair. Either way, we got what was awarded the 2006 Fight of the Year thanks to their efforts.
In the aftermath of their first meeting, Griffin would only lose once more to Keith Jardine before capturing the UFC light heavyweight crown. Meanwhile, Ortiz dispatched of his bitter rival Ken Shamrock in two consecutive grudge matches before going on the final stretch of his UFC tenure.
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