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Booking Roundup: FoGriff vs. Ortiz III and Velasquez vs. Mir in the Works

(Hey Tito, do you mind taking a look at this fungus I’ve got growing on my foot? I figured if anyone could spot a bizarre infection, it would be you.) 

It’s looking like Tito Ortiz will be getting his wish to go out on a hotly contested decision like he’s always wanted. Though the event or location has yet to be determined, Lorenzo Fertitta announced to the Twittersphere last night that the rubber match between Ortiz and Forrest Griffin will in fact be happening, and, just like Ortiz requested, could transpire on Fourth of July weekend.

After saving his Zuffa career by submitting Ryan Bader at UFC 132, Ortiz has dropped two straight to Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueria, both coming by way of TKO. Griffin is also coming off a first round TKO loss, which he suffered in his rematch with fellow former Light Heavyweight champ Mauricio Rua at UFC 134.

Ortiz and Griffin first met way back at UFC 59 in the spring of 2006. At the time, Griffin was on a four fight win streak including his TUF 1 Finale victory over Stephan Bonnar. Ortiz had scored two straight after being knocked out by Chuck Liddell at UFC 47, and would follow his split decision victory over Griffin by beating the piss out of poor Ken Shamrock twice in a row. Their second meeting, which went down at UFC 106, saw Griffin emerge victorious by an equally controversial split decision.

Speaking of trilogies…

It looks like Urijah Faber and Bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz will be locking horns for a third time this summer, though a date and location is still pending. Faber, who is currently 0-3 in title matches after losing his WEC Featherweight crown to Mike Brown at WEC 36, will be looking to erase the memory of a close but unanimous decision he dropped to Cruz in the pair’s first rematch at UFC 132. A fight apparently so close, that it warranted an immediate rematch. These things happen in MMA. As we know, the two are set to coach opposite one another on the next season of TUF, which will surely have its fair share of stank bref jokes, pranks and blah blah blah cut, print, glass plaque. Moving on.

(MMA Rule #334: Black may not crack, but brown sure as shit does.) 

Coming off a brilliant technical submission victory over Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria at UFC 140, a statement that I still have trouble comprehending, it looks like Frank Mir will square off against Cain Velasquez in a battle of former champions, also tentatively scheduled for this summer. Velasquez has been out of action since falling to a first round KO at the hands of Junior Dos Santos, losing his Heavyweight title in the process. Again, no date or venue has been announced. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out; you have to imagine Velasquez will be a little gun shy on the feet, as many fighters are after a KO loss. And despite the fact that he’s never been submitted before, it’s still hard to imagine Velasquez will want to tangle with the likes of Mir on the ground. Then again, Mir has shown a tendency to be overwhelmed by powerful strikers in the past.

Who do you got for these, Potato Nation?

-J. Jones

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SnackDaddyISDUMB- February 12, 2012 at 3:04 am
WOW... just wow. SnackDaddy, as a true MMA fan and not someone who bases their opinion on who will win based upon comparing the retard tree of hmm well if he beat him and he lost to him then surely he will beat him. AND YOU COMPARED THEM ON AN IMAGINARY FIGHT. You, my sad tiny penis excuse for a man are an idiot. Carwin vs Cain... yeah what a hell of a fight that was. The way those imaginary fists were flying. In my head, it ended up as a double KO by penis strikes. I guess you had Cain in that fight though. STUPID PIECE OF SHIT hahahahahahaha p.s. cry yourself to sleep on your cock shaped pillow
SnackDaddy- February 11, 2012 at 10:33 pm
Actually, i just realized, Cain never fought Carwin, it was Brock. And Brock had already beaten Mir. Cain's just light up Mir on the feat and its not gonna be pretty for Mir.
Todd M- February 11, 2012 at 5:32 am
^ Fully man, Cain whupped Carwin's ass!
SnackDaddy- February 10, 2012 at 10:33 pm
I am absolutely shocked at the people favouring Mir to beat Cain. Are you guys fucking serious? Remember Mir vs. Carwin? And Carwin vs. Cain. Cain is undoubtedly in the top two or three heavyweights in the world and you are seriously backing a washed out Frank Mir to beat him? Just because Cain got unlucky in the opening minutes of a fight against probably the best striker in MMA right now, you put him down to this? WOW!
Todd M- February 10, 2012 at 8:14 pm
Tito and Jenna complaining about the second fight does not make Forrests win controversial, do you remember that fight? As far as I am concerned Forrest is 2 and 0 with Tito and this 'rubber match' is as warranted as Wandy vs Saku 3. Cain will hurt Mir and Cruz will decision Faber again.
k-onda- February 10, 2012 at 7:49 pm
Faber with the upset, FoGrif and Cain get their wins.
ryang88- February 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm
Forrest, Mir and Cruz, can't see Faber being able to do much more this time, but he truly is the second best bantamweight in the world (now that flyweight is taking away some of the other gems). I love Forrest, hence why it is so frustrating to see him unable to be a relevant part in a division that he was (briefly) the king of, but he should be able to do the same thing he did the previous times he fought Tito (he totally won the first one). Mir will take a lot of punishment from Cain but I see him being able to pull off a sneaky leg lock after being knocked down by an awesome Cain combo.
fatbellyfrank- February 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm
Cain, Forrest and Cruz, Tito v Forrest could actually turn out to be a good fight, one last dance, both with reflexes and ability to absorb punishment dulled to about the same degree, fairly even least ways
frndlylion- February 10, 2012 at 5:56 pm
I would like to see Mir win but, there is no question Cain has the power to knock him (or anyone else) out. He (Cain) probly has an advantage in cardio too. I am excited for this one. Winner will most likely be in the mix for a shot at the belt.

I know a lot of people hate on Tito but I am a fan because win or lose he does come to fight. That being said, who isnt a fan of Forrest for the exact same reason.? I sure am. Makes it had to root for one side or the other though.
aaronb- February 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

He did have another surgery since that fight. That is how Chuck fought Rich Franklin instead of Tito.
Anhonestmoose- February 10, 2012 at 4:55 pm
Griffin via not lying about his first name for his entire career. I know what you are up to Mr. Jacob Ortiz.
IronClad- February 10, 2012 at 4:39 pm
Fucking.LOLZZZZ on the FoGriff GIF and the caption, pure gold. This is why all these supposed "hating" whiney faggots who bitch about this site's writing prowess come back. Cuse your funny as fuck Cage Potato. You got that!?
robertsteelsmith- February 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm
Tito(tko gnp), Faber(tko punches), Mir(sub).
mcw89138- February 10, 2012 at 3:19 pm
I'm surprised Tito's fused neck withstood that kick. Returning to cage fighting after that operation was incredibly stupid - he's probably going to develop adjacent segment disease and need another operation in the near future.
superfknmario- February 10, 2012 at 2:53 pm
Cain will kill Mir. Seriously nog had Mir practically out then fucked up and went for the guillotine... Cain will finish it
Cryptococcus neoformans- February 10, 2012 at 2:37 pm
Who has the least will to fight, Tito or Forrest? I think Tito takes this one.

I'll also take Faber and Mir for the hell of it
SnackDaddy- February 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm
Tito, Cruz and Cain.
bootystar- February 10, 2012 at 2:18 pm
FoGriff laying the missionary down, I'm sure Jenna has taught Titso how to take it like a man
J. Jones- February 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm
God damn you, Cheeto. *wipes away nostalgia induced tear*
MyFightWiffaCheeto- February 10, 2012 at 1:10 pm
None of these are nearly as interesting as Martinez-Zimmer II.
jimbonics- February 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm
Morningwood- February 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm
Forrest (dec), Cruz (dec) and Mir (TKO Rd 2).
jimbonics- February 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm
Greatest gif in the history of gif's.
Fletch the V Stretch- February 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm
Just depends on which Cain shows up. The pudgey guy that showed up against JDS could definitely get beat by Mirr.

I got Forrest all day long. That is easy money right there.

I also have Urijiah this time against Cruz. I mean I thought he landed more significant shots by far. Dropped Cruz multiple times. Cruz was dancing all over the place but really didn't do too much. If I recall correctly, Cruz might have landed some takedowns but Faber got up in less than a second so I mean how does that really score you that many points when you can't even keep them down for 2 seconds.

Who knows. I just hope Urijiah trains to finish this fight. I don't want to see all that damn dancing again.