UFC 148 Results: Did Forrest Griffin Ruin Tito Ortiz Retirement?

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UFC 148 Results: Did Forrest Griffin Ruin Tito Ortiz Retirement?
Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Forrest Griffin (right) punches Tito Ortiz during a light heavyweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

UFC 148 was the last time we'll ever see former UFC light heavyweight champion and MMA legend Tito Ortiz inside the cage.

Some are going to miss him. Some are glad to see him go. It's no secret Ortiz has his fair share of fans, as well as more than his fair share of haters.

That said, love him or hate him, there is no denying what Ortiz has done for this sport. He was one of the UFC's biggest stars when it was in desperate need of guys who could sell fights, and he did a lot to bring the sport close to the mainstream.

A man like Ortiz deserved a last moment in the cage that he could cherish forever.

Forrest Griffin robbed him of that.

Griffin beat Ortiz at UFC 148, settling the score between the two men in a trilogy matchup. It was a hard-fought fight that saw Griffin dominate the standup, while Ortiz had periodical success with takedowns and even landed a couple knockdowns.

It wasn't Griffin winning the fight that ruined Ortiz retirement, but his antics after the fight. Immediately following the final bell, Griffin stormed out of the cage and began walking through the audience. So, while Ortiz should have been drinking in his last few moments in front of the fans, he was forced to sit there wondering why his opponent had fled the cage.

Then after the decision was announced, Griffin took it upon himself to grab the microphone from UFC commentator Joe Rogan and conduct his own interview with Ortiz. It was Ortiz's final chance to address his fans and he was forced to do so while everyone was confused about what Griffin was doing.

Ortiz was visibly thrown by Griffin's antics and left the cage looking dejected.

When Griffin had his interview with Rogan, he received a hearty round of boos from the audience, and justly so. He ruined the final moments of one of the greatest fighters in MMA history.

 

Andrew Barr is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report and a standup comedian. Check him out on Twitter @AndrewBarr8.

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