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Event: UFC 148
Result: Forrest Griffin defeats Tito Ortiz by unanimous decision
Remember in the intro when I noted that MMA robberies can happen as a result of just plain old-fashioned numbskullery? Enter Forrest Griffin at UFC 148.
Ortiz had previously announced his retirement before the fight. Hoping to go out with a win, Ortiz fought hard (if not particularly well) for three rounds and eventually lost a hard-fought but clear decision.
Problem is, after the match, Griffin did that thing he does where he walks back to the locker room before the decision is announced. Then, after the decision was announced, instead of letting Ortiz have one final Joe Rogan interview and a dignified goodbye, Griffin wrested the microphone away and mock-interviewed Ortiz himself.
UFC President Dana White and the legacy-conscious Ortiz were none too pleased. Neither were the fans, who showered Griffin with boos for spoiling the moment. Though Griffin later apologized, it was the kind of robbery that can't be solved by athletic commissions, bonus money or rematches. It was the worst robbery of the year and it was another black mark on Griffin's resume outside the horns.
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