Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz fought his final fight on Saturday night coming out on the losing end of a unanimous decision against Forrest Griffin. It was the third fight between the two fighters with Ortiz winning the first in 2006 with Griffin taking bouts in 2009 and Saturday night.
All three fights were fairly close with the first two being split decisions. However, Ortiz was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame early Saturday afternoon during the UFC Fan Expo just hours before going to war with Griffin for the final time later that night.
Here’s an excerpt from Ortiz’s speech:
“I put my heart, soul and body into this sport. I’ve had ACL surgery, back surgery, neck surgery, a meniscus tear. When people ask me, ‘Why you retiring?’ I’m retiring because it’s time.
I’ve done everything I wanted to do. My number one goal was to be the best fighter ever in the Octagon. I think I can hold hands with many who can stake that claim.”
Ortiz became the ninth member of the UFC Hall Fame, joining former opponents Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, and Ken Shamrock. Check the video below: