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Black-Eyed Tito Ortiz Predicts Griffin Will Leave the Octagon on a Stretcher


We’re just one day away from the return of UFC legend/unbearable heel Tito Ortiz at UFC 106, and the former light-heavyweight champ promises to go out guns blazin’ against Forrest Griffin: "I gotta put on a show, I gotta win, I gotta stop him, I gotta do what I need to do in my game to make Forrest quit." Though Ortiz claims to have improved his striking for this fight, he also won’t be giving up his bread and butter. "Every time he kicks he’s gonna be taken down. A lot of fighters don’t take advantage of that when they see Forrest kick, they try to check all the kicks. The hell with that. I’m putting him on his back. Back to the old Tito Ortiz, man, my ground and pound where it’s lethal…they’ll be carrying him out on a stretcher."

Later, Ortiz says that he doesn’t have a problem with the way that the UFC has used his name to build the careers of Griffin and Lyoto Machida, and regarding the rash of injuries and illnesses in the UFC as of late, he’d fight Forrest with a broken leg (which he clarifies he doesn’t have, but still). The only thing that matters to him right now is becoming a world champion again, one match at a time. And if that gets in the way of roles in Mark Wahlberg flicks, so be it.

And yes, he’s wearing the shades again. There’s a reason for that…

Ortiz is nursing a nasty black eye that he caught when he was head-butted in practice. Plus, the sunglasses make him feel like David Caruso.

Related: In Sherdog’s Ortiz vs. Griffin 2 Pros Pick column, 17 out of 28 fighters polled predicted that Forrest will win the fight. One notable Griffin-supporter was Mac Danzig:

Seven years ago, I was coming off a decision loss in the WEC that was held in Connecticut. As if a five-hour plane ride back home after a disappointing loss wasn’t miserable enough, Tito Ortiz was sitting directly in front of me. He had been wearing his UFC belt everywhere the entire weekend of the fight and was still wearing it in the airport and now on the plane ride home, too. He had to turn it backwards to comfortably sit on the plane. He proceeded to tilt his seat back as far as it could possibly go. This left nothing in my forward vision except for a giant yellow head, not to mention the fact that his seat was basically in my lap, which was more than mildly uncomfortable.
Over the course of the next five hours, I tried my best to sleep, but every time I opened my eyes, there was a huge sphere of yellow hairs with dark roots coming in no less than 12 inches from my face. I was bordered on the right by a window and on the left by Colin Oyama. Luckily for me, I was able to suppress this memory for quite some time, but after seeing that giant yellow head bounce around the ring a few times afterward, I’d get flashbacks. Rumor had it that just a few weeks earlier, Lee Murray soccer-kicked a giant yellow beach ball in a British pub. Forrest by TKO in round three.

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Bloodlust- November 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm
Ironically, if forrest does leave the ring on a stretcher, it would be a step up from running out like a little baby vs A. Silva.
Kimbos Bread- November 20, 2009 at 3:44 pm
Black-Eyed Tito Ortiz predicts another black eye to match his existing one.
NateGetsIrate- November 20, 2009 at 2:40 pm
I can't wait till Guy Richie's looslely-based film on Lee Murray's heist finally comes out. Special appearance by Boris the Blade, a.k.a. Boris the Bullet-Dodger.

At least, it would make sense that Guy Richie should be the one to direct that film.
NateGetsIrate- November 20, 2009 at 2:37 pm
@ One Two:

I honestly don't know if Guy Richie is gonna direct it. It just makes sense if you've ever watched "Snatch" and/or "Lock, Stock..." that he should be the one to put that movie together. It's all wishful thinking at this point. Sorry for all the confusion and empty promises. Wow! I just sounded like my dad, right there.
Mechanicjitsu- November 20, 2009 at 2:35 pm
Don't knock Ecko robthom. Been sportin it since before it was cool. But there are some trendy douches wearing my beloved rhino brand, I'll give ya that. And Twilight is gay.
One Two- November 20, 2009 at 2:23 pm
holy shit! i heard they were doing a movie about Lightning but i didn't know it was guy ritchie, funny i always thought lee was like a character straight out of a Guy ritchie movie.

Free Lee!!!! Anderson Silva vs Lee Murray 2
robthom- November 20, 2009 at 2:21 pm
"i know its probably not the "in" thing to do but i really hope tito kicks forrest's ass."

Sure its the "in" thing to do.
I'll bet you like skateboards, wear marc ecko gear and cant wait for the new twilight movie too.
Kittarl- November 20, 2009 at 2:18 pm
Lee Murry, via tko, second round (of lager)
Mechanicjitsu- November 20, 2009 at 1:46 pm
I'm not really sure where either of these guys fit into the 205 picture right now. Don't really hug the nuts of either guy but I hope Forrest pulls this one out. This could be a spin-off for a new show: "Ultimate Gatekeeper".
jfjjfjff- November 20, 2009 at 1:30 pm
i know its probably not the "in" thing to do but i really hope tito kicks forrest's ass.
Contraband- November 20, 2009 at 1:18 pm
imo Tito has to much of what the cat licks it's ass with or in other words to much of what jenna licks tito's ass with

one big problem with tito is that he used to be good and everybody else got better and he stayed the same (if you can call beating up seniors and fighters a weight class below him good)

Bob Reilly- November 20, 2009 at 1:09 pm
Hey Contraband, there is a typo in your last post. Hypocrite.
steampunk22- November 20, 2009 at 12:54 pm
Tito got that shiner from Jenna, its pretty clear she's wearing the tri-color pants in that relationship.

Although if you ask him I'm sure he "tripped while baking cookies".

Still like to see Forrest win this fight. But I wanted him to win the last two as well. So, balls in your court there Griffin. Please win.
agentsmith- November 20, 2009 at 12:51 pm
It's sad how in the preview show Tito bragged about kicking the shit out of Ken Shamrock and Elvis Sinosic, like those are such amazing accomplishments. Sinosic's record was 4-3 when Tito fought him, and only got worse from there. Forrest TKO'd Sinosic in the first round too, but you don't hear him talking about it.
One Two- November 20, 2009 at 12:47 pm
florist is gonna get took down and pounded on.

FREE LEE!!!! now theres a fight i'd actually wanna see.
Soda Popinski- November 20, 2009 at 12:46 pm
I stop by here frequently and I can say as humorous and entertaining as CagePotato is for me, I dont remember there ever being a time where I actually laughed out loud at one particular piece/part of this webpage....

And then my eyes make contact with that picture of Tito Ortiz in the Mexican headgear.

skeletor- November 20, 2009 at 12:45 pm
Hope Tito pulls this one off, I'm getting tired of watching forrest fight legitamate world champions. I'd like to see them beat on Tito for a while. Also Fuck a Mac Danzig!
Contraband- November 20, 2009 at 12:41 pm
ya now ya know we actually read what ya have to say
Contraband- November 20, 2009 at 12:39 pm
and I don't think Tito was head butted I think Cris cyborg punched him since they train together now.
ben- November 20, 2009 at 12:37 pm
God damn it, that's what I meant!  Thanks for paying attention.
Contraband- November 20, 2009 at 12:37 pm
Pros that picked Griffin: 17
Pros that picked Ortiz: 9
Pros that could not decide: 2

My shirt size is XL
edit* your quick on the fix
agentsmith- November 20, 2009 at 12:32 pm
No, 17 out of 28 fighters predicted that GRIFFIN will win.