In a closely contested rubber match between two war-tested veterans, Forrest Griffin defeated Tito Ortiz via unanimous decision in the co-main event of UFC 148 six days ago.
All three fights in the trilogy were close and it could be argued that either fighter won each respective fight, but this result will now be scrutinized for a different reason: Griffin received a testosterone use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy in this fight.
MMA Mania credits Pro MMA Radio host Larry Pope for being the first one to break the news today.
The 34-year-old had already received criticism for leaving the Octagon unannounced after the conclusion of the third round, prior to the results being read, an action he later apologized for.
Griffin's bizarre antics continued when he grabbed the microphone from Joe Rogan after the fight to promote an impromptu interview with Ortiz.
Many considered the move inappropriate, given that Ortiz announced his retirement weeks before the event took place. Ortiz was also inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame the afternoon of July 7.
While Griffin significantly out-struck Ortiz on the feet, he looked every bit as slow and fatigued as the self-proclaimed "People's Champion" as the fight wore on. He also gave up several takedowns and ate plenty of heavy shots on the ground.
Was TRT the difference-maker in this match-up or was Forrest simply the better man Saturday evening?
Of course, the argument can also be made that Griffin, the original winner of "The Ultimate Fighter," was simply gifted a 29-28 decision by the judges.
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