UFC 148 Round-by-Round Review: Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin

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It's time for the co-main event, as newly-inducted UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz (16-10-1) wears a gladiator mask to the Octagon for his bout with Forrest Griffin (18-7). The referee will be Steve Mazzagatti in this battle of ex-UFC light heavyweight champions.

Round 1: Head kick by Griffin to start things off, as Ortiz takes control of the Octagon. Ortiz fires in with a big right but Griffin ducks and misses. Front-kick by Griffin, but Ortiz goes in and gets the takedown just a minute in. Ortiz landing elbows to the face of Griffin, hammering down and landing solid contact to his face now.

Griffin spins out, but Ortiz throws him back down to his back. Griffin gets out and up, and starts throwing kicks again. Ortiz with a big left hook, as Griffin goes back to kicking his legs, much like he did vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson for the UFC title. Knee to the body by Griffin connects. Ortiz throws a head-kick of his own, as he is starting to deal with a cut on his forehead. Griffin lands a series of jabs, and Ortiz shoots in but is unable to get it and Griffin lands a knee. Griffin connects and Ortiz looks tired with just over a minute to go. Superman punch by Griffin misses. Ortiz gets a takedown to end the round.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Griffin

Round 2: Ortiz fires off a huge right, as Griffin goes back to kicks. Ortiz rocks Griffin, but Griffin continus to try and stand right there and take them. Ortiz goes for the clinch, but it's Griffin who lands a knee to the body. Ortiz drops down for a takedown, but quickly gets out of it and the two square off. Griffin with more kicks to the legs and body of Ortiz. The two exchange hooks, and Ortiz remains in the center of the Octagon. Ortiz wobbling a little now as Griffin continues to fire off kicks and punches. It appears that Ortiz has little to nothing left in the tank as we go under two minutes to go in the round. Body shots by Griffin, followed by a left from Ortiz. Griffin landing two or three blows for every one of Ortiz. Griffin hitting and moving with ease, as Ortiz seems frustrated now. Griffin seals the round by avoiding a takedown and nailing Ortiz with several fists to the head.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Griffin

Round 3: Griffin back to work with the leg kick, dancing around while Ortiz stands there flat-footed. The face of Ortiz is swelling now, as it looks like it wants to catch Griffin with one big power punch. Front-kick to the body by Griffin, but Ortiz lands a big strike that sends Griffin flying back. Ortiz is unable to follow up, but he pushes Griffin to the cage and then takes control by putting him on the mat. Ortiz trying to get into the mount, hoping to use some ground-and-pound. Griffin attempts to power out but can't and Ortiz is back on top. Ortiz with a big left elbow that connects, but Griffin attempts to go for an armlock. Ortiz gets out and is back in control. Just over two minutes to go in the round now, with Ortiz likely feeling as if he needs to finish this fight. Griffin gets back to his feet and delivers a pair of elbows to the face of Ortiz. Griffin landing many, many strikes, as Ortiz isn't blocking anything now. A minute remains in the career of Ortiz, as he lands a big right. Body kick courtesy of Griffin connects and he follows up with a pair of jabs. Ortiz with a big right that misses. The two exchange as the final 10 seconds expire.

Griffin landed just under three times as many strikes as Ortiz did.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Griffin

Forrest Griffin def. Tito Ortiz via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Griffin, after exiting the Octagon, conducted the post-fight interview with Ortiz.

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