Tito Ortiz Discusses His Final Fight Vs. Forrest Griffin At UFC 148

Many fighters have trouble knowing when to say when. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz isn’t going to be like those other guys.

Ortiz, during a recent interview with MMA Junkie, confirmed that his upcoming fight with Forrest Griffin on July 7 at UFC 148 will be his retirement bout.

It’s my last fight after 15 years. I don’t know what it’s going to feel like to walk out for the last time, step in the Octagon for the last time, to walk out of the Octagon for the last time. Honestly , man, I don’t know what to expect. Even signing a bout agreement, I realized that’s the last one. It’s weird.

Ortiz has had all but one of his professional MMA fights take place in the UFC. At 37 years old, “The People’s Champ” knows this is it for him. “I think with everything I did, I made a mark. I showed guys what a little hard work and inspiration can do,” Ortiz said.

Ortiz has plans to remain active in MMA, possibly as an announcer. We can likely expect to see Ortiz in the UFC after his last fight, as he has made amends with UFC president Dana White for the most part. The Griffin fight should be a very emotional time for everyone involved come July.

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  • http://profiles.google.com/highdollarstl Bill Schumer

    I’m surprised he wasn’t ready for the feeling considering he’s won only 1 of his last 8 fights.  I’m sure he had the feeling that at least one of those losses could have been his last one…

    Unfortunately I think he’s retiring with yet another decision loss…

  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    I heard he might be going to “professional” wrestling

  • tizzol

    Ya Know at first impression growing up watching UFC , I really didnt like him and rooted against him against Liddell and Shamrock.  Now though times have changed and looking back at his fights and accomplishments we fans need to be thankful and appreciative of what he has done and provided for us.  He does rub many the wrong way and can really be a dumby for making excuses and not accepted blame for his losses but at the end of the day and after his retirement fight he should be given a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame.  When do they give him his plaque, award, and introduction ?  pre-fight or post fight ?  either way I feel he deserves to be there with Matt Hughes, Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Mark Coleman, and others that were there in his era and time period of being a champion and contender for those years.  I also see Forrest Griffin being there in the Hall of Fame someday soon for not only reaching the LHW Championship and winning it before he ulitimately lost it Rashad, but for his most known and acknowledged accomplishment winning the 1st season of TUF and his brawl with Stephan Bonnar that gave the UFC a big boost in becoming what it is now.  Rich Franklin is another guy who could find himself there and a fight with Tito has been talked about throughout online sites and forums and I would of liked to see that one but its not gonna happen.  How many fighters do deserve to be in the UFC Hall of Fame ?  if they decide on Championships won, Title fights and defenses, multi weight class fights, and record inside the ufc with much weight added on who they fought.  Who should get in and when do they get honored after retirement or if they have accomplished the quota or needed amount while currently still active.  GSP Spider  BJ Penn Jon Jones Aldo JDS Cain Mir Nogueira Rashad Shogun Machida Rampage Hendo Bendo Edgar Koscheck Fitch Urijah Cruz and many others still have time to get a belt or keep a belt.

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