Tito Ortiz has nothing to lose come Saturday night in his retirement fight with Forrest Griffin at UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen 2.
Ortiz, who will be inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame earlier in the day, will just be looking for the icing on the cake in his final Octagon appearance.
Griffin knows this, and as he told UFC.com in a recent interview, believes he must remain poised as the fellow former UFC light heavyweight champion tries to finish him early.
He is gonna come out on fire, he’s gonna come out to handle business, and one of the things I’ve got to make sure I don’t let happen is to get taken down while he’s fresh. He’s gonna go for the kill off the jump and I think with everything going on, he’s going to be hell for the first half of the first round.
Griffin is hoping his youth and conditioning can allow him to ride out the victory, adding, “He can only be so healthy at 37 when you’ve been fighting for 15 years.”
The two have split their previous meetings, with each earning a decision for their resumes. The contest will be the co-main event for the evening.