According to UFC.com, Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin are signed on to fight in Las Vegas on November 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center for UFC 106.
Ortiz was originally scheduled to fight Mark Coleman but a torn MCL forced Coleman to pull out, opening the door for Griffin to step in. The fight will stand as rematch of their 2006 scrap, which had Ortiz edging out a razor-close decision.
This news comes on the heels of several reports that suggested Forrest was in no hurry to jump back into the Octagon any time soon. In fact, it seems like fighting has been the last thing on his mind lately, so you have to wonder if he’ll have enough time to properly prepare. Since his devastating loss to Anderson Silva at UFC 101, he hasn’t done any training at all and he’s got a lot of mental ground to make up as well as physical.
On the other hand, we know that Ortiz has had more than enough time to prepare- maybe too much time. His last fight was a 2008 loss to Lyoto Machida and he had major back surgery during his layoff. Ring rust could definitely play a major roll in this fight. At a time when both fighters could really use a win, it’s possible that neither of them will be at the top of their game, but the chance to avenge a tough loss might be just what the doctor ordered to help Griffin recover from his fight with Silva. And Ortiz, well Ortiz has been itching to get back in the cage and ring rust or not, he’s won’t let anyone rain on his triumphant return to the Octagon without a fight.
UFC 106 will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin. For tickets and information, click here.