Forrest Griffin Explains Interviewing Tito Ortiz and Leaving Octagon At UFC 148 (VIDEO)
Forrest Griffin told MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani that when he left the Octagon at the conclusion of his three round fight with Tito Ortiz, UFC President Dana White told him to get the “F” back in.
Once Griffin made his way back into the Octagon, he received what some people view as a controversial decision win, he stole the microphone from Joe Rogan and interviewed Tito Ortiz. Ortiz was not impressed.
“I was pissed,” Ortiz said at the post fight press conference. “I’ve been in this sport a lot longer. You have to understand, 15 years ago, May 3, 1997, Joe Rogan was the first person to interview me, and I told him, ‘I’m going to make a mark in this sport.’ It was my first fight. I said, ‘just you wait. I’m going to make my mark in this sport.’ I helped build this sport to be what it is to this day.For Forrest to step in and do what he did, after running? … I can’t complain about anything, as I said, I wish Joe Rogan got to interview me.”
UFC President Dana White was equally confused.
“He drives me crazy, this guy,” White said of Griffin. “It’s professional suicide, the things that he does. People love Forrest Griffin, OK? So I ran after him. I don’t have to tell you guys, everyone in this room knows exactly what I said. So he turned around, and he ran back into the ring. I saw him in the back and I said, ‘What are you doing, whats wrong with you, are you mental?’ Next time you’re depressed about winning the fight, go back in the back and be depressed.”
“It’s Tito’s last fight. If Tito won his fight, stand there, get your hand raised or Tito’s hand raised. If your plugging for Joe Rogan’s [expletive] job, it isn’t going to happen. Leave the microphone alone until Joe comes over and talks to you. I love Forrest Griffin, always have. He’s a great guy but he gets a little kooky sometimes,” White said.
Check out the fight highlights and Griffin explaining his actions after the jump.
Here’s Forrest Griffin explaining what he was thinking after the fight…