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UFC 106 live results: Ortiz vs. Griffin

Posted on: November 22, 2009 12:12 am
Edited on: November 22, 2009 12:49 am
Tito Ortiz returns from his 18-month layoff and back surgery to try and grab his first win since Ken Shamrock in 2006, fighting Forrest Griffin in a rematch from UFC 59.

Griffin is typically a major fan favorite, although his recent losses (and postfight behavior) have raised some questions. Ortiz will always have detractors due to his attitude, but he's a better fighter than some people like to admit. His biggest obstacle will possibly be cage rust, stamina or his back. Even if he's fully healed, people don't always move the same after a surgery of that nature, particularly people who fight or grapple for a living.

Griffin is entering the arena to Chumbawamba. I guess Anderson Silva must have knocked him all the way back to 1998. Ortiz has gone back to "Mosh" by Eminem for his entrance music.

Round 1: Griffin lands a few close jabs. Ortiz misses on an exchange. Griffin head kick is blocked. Ortiz head kick is also blocked. Inside leg kick by Ortiz. Ortiz lands a jab and Griffin misses an overhand right counter. Ortiz takes Griffin down and starts grounding and pounding from Griffin's guard. Ortiz with punches to the ribs and jaw. Griffin takes a kimura and uses it to try and sweep. Griffin gets to his feet with his back to the fence. Ortiz with a knee to the ribs from a body lock. Griffin with a knee to the body. They separate and square off. Outside leg kick by Griffin but the follow-up haymaker misses. Griffin gets the better of an exchange. Ortiz with a takedown shot, but Griffin defends it. Ortiz checks a kick. Griffin uses a leg kick to try and set up a boxing combo, but Ortiz has it well scouted. teep kick by Griffin. The round ends, and it's close, but I'd probably call it 10-9 Ortiz based on the takedown and the damage he did with ground and pound.

Round 2: Griffin lands a fist and Ortiz answers with one that staggers an off-balance Griffin. Griffin throws the outside leg kick, but Ortiz was waiting for it. He catches the leg and takes Griffin down. Griffin takes guard and avoids any real damage from ground and pound before fighting his way to his feet. Ortiz with a jab, Griffin misses the counterpunch. Ortiz ducks a Superman punch, but Griffin lands a teep kick that actually hits Ortiz in the jaw. Griffin with a jab. Ortiz with a takedown, and Griffin nearly sweeps with the butterfly guard, but Ortiz keeps position. Ortiz with minimal ground and pound as Griffin is struggling to escape. Griffin is bleeding underneath both eyes, on his cheekbones. Tons of blood. Griffin reverses to Ortiz's half guard and throws elbows to the jaw and fists to the ribs. The round ends, and it's 10-9 Ortiz, but still close. Either round could probably be scored for either guy at this point, but I think Ortiz is doing the most damage.

Round 3: Griffin goes back to the leg kicks again. Griffin with a boxing combo, but Ortiz blocks the punches. Griffin is very actively throwing, but not really doing much damage as Ortiz looks to be preserving his energy right now. Griffin tags Ortiz with a right hook and a kick that gets blocked. Leg kick by Griffin. Griffin with the fists-and-feet combo again but every shot is either dodged or blocked by Ortiz. Ortiz tries for a takedown, but Griffin stuffs it. Griffin with fists up the middle that connect. Griffin tags him with a good jab. High kick by Griffin is blocked, but Griffin nails him with a follow-up fist. Ortiz seems to be gassed, and in defense mode right now. Leg kick by Griffin. Ortiz finally puts a combo together without anything serious landing. Griffin with a fist-leg kick combo that connects. Ortiz with a takedown attempt that is blocked, followed by a leg kick of his own. Griffin with a right hand. Ortiz's hands look really heavy. The round ends, and it's clearly 10-9 Griffin. My scorecard has Ortiz winning 29-28, but with the first two rounds being close, I could see Griffin winning, possibly all three rounds.

Winner: Forrest Griffin defeats Tito Ortiz via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28) after three rounds.

Griffin told Joe Rogan after the fight that this is a great win for him, and that in his last fight, Anderson Silva "broke me." He also said you could tell Tito was a guy that was coming off back surgery and was prepared to fight Mark Coleman -- "no offense" -- and that he'd like to have a rubber fight with Ortiz at some point.

Ortiz said he came into the fight unable to spar much at all due to a bulging disc in his back -- yes, the same back he just had repaired. The crowd booed, as they usually do when losing fighters discuss the injuries they bring into the cage. Ortiz lost his cool, taking off his hat and pointing to the black eye he also wore into the cage tonight. He told the crowd he'd like to see anyone fight with a cracked skull like he did, and that he never backs out of a fight even when he's injured. Griffin grabbed the mic and backed him up, telling the crowd that it turns out that when you train to fight somebody, you often get hurt. Everybody chilled out once Griffin stepped in, but they weren't buying it from Ortiz, for some reason.

All in all, Ortiz still has some questions to answer regarding the durability of his back, especially if he's still dealing with bulging discs. After an 18-month layoff, it's hard to fault the guy too much for gassing in Round 3, but it's also fair to point out that he needs to correct that problem if he's going to keep fighting at this level.

As for Griffin, he desperately needed this win, which probably helped restore his confidence and some of the faith fans might have lost in him over the past 12 months.


Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: December 6, 2009 2:07 am

UFC 106 live results: Ortiz vs. Griffin

Why do people keep talkin g like Tito Ortiz is a legitimate fighter? He was a has been long before his back problems. The guy just got lucky enough to come into the UFC at a time when the competition in his weight class was watered down to just two guys. Now that theres more than a couple true fighters he shouldnt even be there. Even the guy Tito hired to train him to box said he couldnt even spar with him because every time he landed a punch Tito went down. Hes a one dimensional joke. He should retire and teach people how to jump inside the octagon before a fight cause thats the only thing hes good at anymore.

Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2009 10:33 pm

UFC 106 live results: Ortiz vs. Griffin

Tito Ortiz's career is retarded... Which actually means... "To hold back or held back"  So before you start using words you obviously don't know the definition of but  use to try to sound "cool" look them up... Your lack of a vocabulary shows that you obviously don't understand what us "idiots" are talking about.. So I will my best to include idiots in this response being that is the only vocabulary word you seem to somewhat know the definition of or what the meaning maybe...

"Us idiots" mainly me... are just saying that no one cares about what your score card said or the judges... Both these fighters had a lot to prove.. Especially Forrest after his Silva debacle.. And Ortiz's last fight with Machida exposed him to everyone on how slow he really is.. Us "Idiots", mainly me were trying to explain that to you.. A knock out would have been more definitive than leaving it up to the card.. Nothing was proved by Griffen by not knocking out Ortiz.. and like wise.. 

Word of the paragraph... Debacle means disaster, tragedy, catastrophe, misfortune, or shamble... New word for you today...

No one wants to see a fight go to a score card... By going to a score card, it actually takes the fight out of the "Fighters Hands" and puts it in the hands of people like us... People with opinions or who you call "Idiots".. And if those judges have a particular "Opinion" of what they saw in the fight.. it could actually skew the outcome.. Similar to referees interfering in football, basketball and the snoozefest sports your speaking about...

Oh yeah..By the way Skew means to distort, tilt, slant, or be BIAS.. You know like personal opinions...

Hopefully you understand now in a more basic and elementary explaination.. Stick to facts of your opinions and try not to attack others mental capcites by using words that are invective.. oh wait too big.. are abusive... wait again.. oh yeah are very rude...  Especially for an very limited opinion at that... I mean come on " I had Forrest winning 28-29..." That's your opinion??  You sound like those old guys on the same snoozefest boxing your clowning us about.. 

Stick with sports not name calling.. and your an ALL PRO.. Please..

Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: December 3, 2009 12:26 pm

UFC 106 live results: Ortiz vs. Griffin

"You said Ortiz won the first two rounds and then in the end you say Griffin won, maybe all three rounds? You are a tool."

If you had been following the live blog while I was writing it, the comment about "I could see Griffin winning all three rounds" was posted shortly before the judges rendered their decision. All I meant was that although I personally had the first two rounds (narrowly) going to Tito, those rounds were close enough that I could envision the judges giving all three rounds to Forrest, and I wouldn't have had much of a problem with it if they did.

Hopefully that makes more sense to you now, in retrospect. Happy holidays.

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2009 11:02 pm

UFC 106 live results: Ortiz vs. Griffin

i dont know what fight you were watching but forrest won that fight heavily. and would crush you if stepped in the cage with him

Since: Aug 31, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2009 10:46 pm

UFC 106 live results: Ortiz vs. Griffin

So does that mean that Diego Sanchez is a bum too?  And Josh Koschek?  And Rashad Evans? You think that because these guys fought on TUF, that they can't beat "any top fighter"?  You're an idiot if that is what you are trying to say.  Is Rampage Jackson a bum...cause Griffin beat him?  Was Liddell a bum when Rashad beat him?  Who do YOU consider a top fighter?  Anybody besides Anderson Silva, GSP, and BJ Penn?

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2009 5:29 pm

UFC 106 live results: Ortiz vs. Griffin

You said Ortiz won the first two rounds and then in the end you say Griffin won, maybe all three rounds? You are a tool.

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2009 11:34 am

UFC 106 live results: Ortiz vs. Griffin

A class act? He gets his head handed to him and runs from the ring like a girl and he is a class act? He is a reality show fighter that guys like you follow. He can't beat any top fighter and you know that. A bum to the first degree.

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2009 11:24 pm

UFC 106 live results: Ortiz vs. Griffin

Great fight for Forest Griffen he is a class act and one of the more under rated fighters in the mma. I agree this fight helped restore alot of confidence he might have been struggling with. Big props to Tito as well hes still one of the badest in my book, Wonder whats instore for Griffen next would love to see another Evans fight or even a Jackson fight.

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2009 12:58 pm

UFC 106 live results: Ortiz vs. Griffin

I don't know what fight you retarded idiots were watching but it was pretty entertaining.  I guess so-called mma fans like you idiots have no idea what you are watching.  I had Forrest winning 29-28.  He won the 2nd round despite what you think and easily won the 3rd round.  Go back to watching your weak a$$ boxing.  Now that stuff is a snoozefest!!!  You idiots are ridiculous!!!

Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2009 12:36 pm

UFC 106 live results: Ortiz vs. Griffin

Griffin is a bum, a reality show cast off. He barely beat a washed up and injured Ortiz and he is jumping for joy? Go back to tv fighting Griffin you are a bum and a second rate fighter at best. You cried like a baby when you fought a real fighter and ran from the ring like a little be-och. Spare us and retire Griffin. Go back to the farm with your other kkk buddys.

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