Much hyped Tito Ortiz comeback falls flat – Forrest Griffin wins split decision at UFC 106

Tito's three weeks with Freddie Roach did little to help him when Forrest poured on the heat.

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.

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UFC 106 results & play-by-play commentary

UFC 106: ORTIZ VS. GRIFFIN 2 takes place tonight, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. The main event features a rematch between the original Ultimate Fighter Forrest Griffin and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz. The two first fought back in 2006 at UFC 59, and Ortiz squeaked out a controversial split decision win. With both fighters coming into the fight on the tail end of a couple of losses, look for these two veterans to leave it all inside the Octagon tonight.

Other fights on this card include: Anthony Johnson taking on Josh Koscheck in a welterweight match that will certainly have future title shot ramifications, Phil Baroni returns to the UFC against Amir Sadollah, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira makes his Octagon debut against dangerous light heavyweight Luiz Cane.

ProMMA.info will begin posting live results for UFC 106 Saturday night, Nov. 21, at approximately 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Live play-by-play commentary will begin right here coinciding with the Spike TV broadcast of two preliminary card bouts at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, and continue on with the main card which airs on pay-per-view beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

QUICK RESULTS

QUICK RESULTS:
•Forrest Griffin def. Tito Ortiz by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
•Josh Koscheck def. Anthony Johnson by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 2 (4:47)
•Paulo Thiago def. Jacob Volkmann by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
•Antonio Rogerio Nogueira def. Luiz Cane by TKO (punches) Rd 1 (1:56)
•Amir Sadollah def. Phil Baroni by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
•Ben Saunders def. Marcus Davis by Knockout (strikes) Rd 1 (3:24)
•Kendall Grove def. Jake Rosholt by submission (triangle choke) Rd 1 (3:59)
•Brian Foster def. Brock Larson by TKO (strikes) Rd 2 (3:25)
•Caol Uno vs. Fabricio Camoes declared majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)
•George Sotiropoulos def. Jason Dent by submission (armbar) Rd 2 (4:36)

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UFC 106 weigh-in results

The fighter weigh-ins for “UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2” took place Friday at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. All fighters, including headliners Forrest Griffin and Tito Ortiz, successfully made weight without incident. Griffin weighed in at 205, and Ortiz weighed in at 204 for their light heavyweight bout. A sigh … Read more

ProMMA.info’s UFC 106 staff picks

UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2 takes place this Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. Headlining the card is a rematch between Forrest Griffin, and the person who gave him his first UFC defeat back at UFC 59 in April 2006, Tito Ortiz.

This will be Ortiz’s first fight after major back surgery, and after signing a new contract with the UFC. Both Ortiz and Griffin are coming into the bout on two losses. Both fighters need to make a statement.

We do realize Karo Parisyan has pulled out of his fight with Dustin Hazelett. UFC President Dana White said Karo had a “laundry list of excuses” as to why he “can not” fight. I wanted to go ahead and include our picks for the Parisyan vs. Hazelett fight, just to give you our opinions on why we think Parisyan would have lost anyway. White has stated Parisyan will never fight in the UFC again. So long Karo… and yes we do know who you are.

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Frankie Trigg’s blog – wrestling update & thoughts on UFC 106

Wandy and Frankie

Hey guys it’s been a long time since I wrote a blog. Things have been pretty crazy lately I had my first tournament last weekend I got another one on Saturday and with making weight and school and a girlfriend I got a lot on my plate.

Lets start with last Saturday, it was the preseason classic and boy was it fun! Starts out Friday with me cutting weight to make 152 lbs. and I woke up the next morning .6 over. So I ran in sweats around the gym trying to lose weight. I ended up losing 2.6 lbs.

I make the weight drink some water (which means about 2 gallons) and went and did my work on the mat. First match I slipped the head and arm throw and came up on top. Got my two points and worked for some tilts I ended up getting a half nelson and turning him for the pin in under a minute.

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ProMMA.info UFC 106 pick ’em contest sponsored by Silver Star

Silver Star has quickly grown to become one of the top companies in MMA sponsorship.
Silver Star has quickly grown to become one of the top companies in MMA sponsorship.

ProMMA.info and Silver Star have teamed up again to bring you another great pick ’em contest, this time for UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2. This contest will follow the same format as the UFC 104 contest.

Silver Star has generously provided prizes for five winners, with each winner winning a Forrest Griffin UFC 106 walkout tee in his or her choice of size. Anyone can participate as long as you have a valid email and mailing address (for receiving your prize).

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Forrest Griffin signs sponsorship deal with Silver Star for UFC 106

Silver Star Casting Company sponsors some of the biggest names in MMA.
Silver Star Casting Company sponsors some of the biggest names in MMA.

(IRVINE, CA) – Silver Star Casting Company has inked a sponsorship deal with Forrest Griffin who will wear Silver Star during his walkout at UFC 106, at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV on November 21, 2009, where he will be fighting Tito Ortiz.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Griffin earned mainstream popularity as a coach on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter Team Rampage v. Team Forrest, and has recently added ‘author’ to his laundry list of professional and athletic accomplishments.

“Silver Star has supported Mixed Martial Arts since its early days and is excited to be working with one of the sport’s most established and recognized fighters.” said Silver Star Casting Company president and CEO, Luke Burrett.

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Tito Ortiz-Forrest Griffin – UFC 106 conference call quotes & audio

On Nov. 21, 2009, former UFC light heavyweight champions Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin will square off in the Octagon at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. In anticipation of this rematch, the UFC held a conference call on Friday, and allowed the media to ask both Griffin and Ortiz questions, as well as UFC President Dana White. ProMMA.info was present on the call. Here is the audio as well as a few quotes from the participants.

UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin conference call
[podcast]http://promma.info/audio/ufc106.mp3[/podcast]

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Remaining bouts for UFC 106 confirmed

(PRESS RELEASE) – With the return of UFC superstar Tito Ortiz engaged in a rematch with former UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and two of the welterweight class’ most exciting knockout artists, Josh Koscheck and Anthony Johnson, ready to trade hands, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is proud to confirm the remaining bouts for UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2, live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Saturday, November 21st.

Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni, Luiz Cane vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Karo Parisyan vs. Dustin Hazelett, Marcus Davis vs. Ben Saunders, Kendall Grove vs. Jake Rosholt, Paulo Thiago vs. Jacob Volkmann, Brock Larson vs. Brian Foster, Caol Uno vs. Fabricio Camoes and George Sotiropoulos vs. Jason Dent fill out a stacked card in one of the year’s most anticipated fight nights.

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Little Nog vs. Luiz Cane to round off UFC 106 main card

The Nogueira brothers are among MMA's most successful siblings.

The “UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2” main card is now a bit more interesting with the addition of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Luiz Cane. This light heavyweight match up adds some much needed depth to the pay-per-view portion of UFC 106, which airs live from Las Vegas on Nov. 21. The UFC has officially announced the long-rumored fight between the two Brazilians.

Antonio Rogerio “Minotoro” Nogueira, or Little Nog as he is known by die-hard MMA fans, is the twin brother of former UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira.

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