UFC 106: Griffin defeats Ortiz in split decision

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Forrest Griffin, right, beat Tito Ortiz in a split decision at UFC 106 tonight at Mandalay Bay.

Two judges had the fight scored 30-27 and 29-28 for Griffin while the third judge had Ortiz winning 29-28. Ortiz had beaten Griffin in 2006.

Both fighters exchanged blows throughout the first two rounds in a back-and-forth bout. Ortiz was able to take Griffin down to the mat multiple times and opened a cut under his left eye, but Griffin got the better of the stand-up and took over in the third and final round.

Griffin landed multiple kicks and punches to Ortiz and dominated the third round.

In the co-main event, Josh Koscheck sunk a rear naked choke on Anthony Johnson and forced him to tap out with just 13 seconds remaining in the second round.

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