Forrest Griffin edged out a split decision victory over Tito Ortiz Saturday night in the UFC 106 main event which took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Ortiz used his wrestling to get Griffin to the ground early in the bout, but Griffin defended well from the bottom for the most part, and by the third round, Tito was having much more trouble with his takedowns.
Griffin picked “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” apart with superior striking but the third round was the most devastating. In the third, Ortiz barely mounted any offense at all, and basically became a strike test dummy for the winner of The Ultimate Fighter season one.
Ortiz and Griffin met inside the Octagon for the first time at UFC 59 in 2006. It was in that fight that Ortiz handed Griffin his very first UFC loss. That fight also finished via split decision. Following tonight’s bout, Ortiz said they had now both won one fight each, and they needed to do it again for a tie-breaker. UFC color commentator Joe Rogan agreed with the sentiment.