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Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin are two of the UFC's most popular fighters. Both are good fighters, both have been the champion of their division, both relate to fans, and both can brawl. These two have met each other in the Octagon twice, and both times, they produced great fights.
The first time they met in the Octagon was UFC 59, on April 15, 2006. Forrest Griffin was riding a wave of momentum after winning The Ultimate Fighter, and then beating two fighters afterwards.
Tito Ortiz's career was definitely on the down side, but he had still won two straight against the Canadian Patrick Coté and the dangerous Brazilian, Vitor Belfort, respectively.
The first round went badly for Griffin, who got hit hard on a few occasions, and failed to do anything in return to Ortiz, who easily won the first round. The rest of the fight was much more favorable towards Griffin, who showed that he had what it takes to hang with the big boys.
Despite the fact that some had him winning the fight, the judges scored the fight as a split decision win for Ortiz, who would go on to win his next two fights, both against Ken Shamrock.
Although it was a setback he probably didn't foresee, Griffin went on to win four out of his next five fights, including the light heavyweight title fight against Quinton Jackson.
Forrest then lost the belt in his first title defense against Rashad Evans, who in turn lost to Lyoto Machida. Forrest then took eight months off to rehab a broken hand suffered against Rashad. In that time, Tito Ortiz was released by the UFC due to contractual disputes.
After getting KO'd spectacularly against P4P king Anderson Silva at UFC 101, Forrest would take the next three months off before stepping in for an injured Mark Coleman against, you guessed it, Tito Ortiz.
Both fighters were excited about the rematch, which would be the main event of UFC 106. The first round went Ortiz' way, due to a few takedowns. The second round was a win for Forrest, but it was the third round where Griffin took charge.
He landed a multitude of punches, each of which caught Ortiz good, and without Ortiz ever threatening in the third round, it became an easy to score contest. The score was announced. Forrest Griffin won a split decision.
Right now, Forrest Griffin has dropped out of his fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 114. He was replaced with Jason Brilz. Tito Ortiz is currently recuperating from a short stay in the lockdown, otherwise known as county jail. The charges are unclear, but it's strongly hinted as domestic violence.