Ortiz vs Griffin: Why Forrest Griffin Will Win the Trilogy Against Tito Ortiz

Tim McTiernanCorrespondent IJuly 6, 2012

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 21: Tito Ortiz (L) battles Forrest Griffin (R) during their Light Heavyweight Fight at the UFC 106 at Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 21, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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On Saturday night, in the co-main event of UFC 148, former light heavyweight champions will face off, as Tito Ortiz will battle Forrest Griffin.

These two will be fighting for the third time, and they have each previously won a split decision over the other. Ortiz won at UFC 59, and Griffin won at UFC 106.

Tito has announced that this will be his last fight, and he is looking to go out with a win. Unfortunately for Tito, Forrest will be the one winning this fight, and the trilogy.

Many people have been saying lately that Forrest Griffin is over the hill, and will be done soon. However, what these people fail to realize is that Griffin is still performing at, or near, a top ten caliber fighter level.

Injuries have forced Griffin to only fight three times in the past three years, but in those three fights, he has gone 2-1.

The victories aren't exactly over the highest level of competition—anymore at least—as the victories were Rich Franklin and Ortiz. The loss came at the hands, and hammerfists, of Mauricio Rua.

Then, on the other end of the spectrum, is Tito Ortiz.

In his last eight fights, Ortiz is just 1-6-1. He defeated Ryan Bader at UFC 132, drew with Rashad Evans at UFC 73, and lost to Rogerio Nogueira, Evans, Matt Hamill, Griffin, Lyoto Machida and Chuck Liddell.

Ortiz has been fighting some of the best fighters in the game, but losing six out of eight fights isn't good for anyone.

Griffin is younger, has more time left in his career and won the last fight against Ortiz. He's going to win the fight tomorrow, and he's going to win the trilogy.


Tim McTiernan is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. For the latest news on everything MMA, follow him on Twitter @TimMcTiernan.