Kevin Iole tweeted:
Tito Ortiz gonna fight FORREST GRIFFIN at UFC 106 on Nov 21 in Vegas. Just confirmed with #UFC prez.
Tito Ortiz was originally scheduled to take on UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in his first fight back in the octagon since dropping a decision to current UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida. Ortiz and Griffin first fought way back at UFC 59. The first round was dominated by Tito Ortiz as he used his patented ground and pound attack to bloody Griffin early and pretty much beat on him the entire round. However, the second and third rounds were much closer with Ortiz squeaking out a debatable split decision win. This is a much bigger fight than the Ortiz/Coleman fight, and a win for Ortiz instantly catapults him back in the mix in the light heavyweight division. While a loss would just set up a rubber match, plus he could always fall back on the fact that he's been out of action for a year and a half.
Well done Joe Silva, and props to Griffin for taking this fight.
[Note by Kelvin Hunt, 10/08/09 11:40 PM EDT ]Tito Ortiz comments via Twitter:
So the match has been set!!!! Forrest vs Ortiz 2 live Nov 21st Las Vegas PPV. Let the Punishment begin!!!!