Last week UFC 106 was headlined by the heavyweight title fight between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, and this was a very big deal. Also on the card, Tito Ortiz would be rematching Forrest Griffin. Not bad, but not enough to make your head explode either. Only with Lesnar out due to illness and the fight tentatively rescheduled for January, Ortiz/Griffin II just got a bump up in status on UFC.com. Does the UFC really believe that a fight between Griffin (who’s coming off two straight losses) and Ortiz (who has a loss, a draw, and another loss in his last three outings) is main event caliber, or is this just a temporary fix?
After taking a look at the rest of the confirmed card for UFC 106, let’s hope it’s the latter. Right now, the best undercard match-ups the card has going for it are Dustin Hazelett vs. Karo Parisyan, Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni, Ben Saunders vs. Marcus Davis, and probably Luis Cane vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. There’s also reason to expect Paulo Thiago vs. Jacob Volkmann, but unless the UFC adds something big (perhaps that all-ninja tournament we’ve been hoping for) they could face a real pay-per-view letdown.
If ever there was a time for Ortiz to prove to the UFC what a huge draw he still is, whether he has any meaningful wins in his recent past or not, it would be now.