Tito Ortiz Says Forrest Griffin Deserves UFC Hall of Fame Honor
Posted by Larry Csonka on 06.22.2013
Not so much for Bonnar…
- Tito Ortiz recently spoke about Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar going into the UFC Hall of Fame. Here are the highlights…
On Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar Going Into the UFC Hall of Fame: "Forrest deserves it. "He beat me, and he beat some other really good guys. He was a world champion. He had some great fights. I think he deserves it. As far as Stephan, I have nothing against the guy, but you've got to be a world champion, I think, to be in the Hall of Fame."
On The Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar Fight: "That's a big honor to be in the Hall of Fame," Ortiz said. "It means you had a significance in the sport at one time or another. You look at that, and the Forrest and Stephan fight was a big step for the UFC, so do they deserve it? Possibly. But can one fight get you in the Hall of Fame? I don't know. I guess that's Dana's decision."
On Fans Having a Say in The UFC Hall of Fame: "I think it should be a fan vote," Ortiz said. "That's what it should really come down to. The fans should consider how much they've known the person, how much they've watched them fight and so forth and just how much the fighter had significance in the sport in general. I think that's the answer."
His Personal Thoughts on Griffin: "Forrest, he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, for sure," Ortiz said. "I had my bad blood against him in our last fight against each other, but he was on testosterone, and there's a big difference there. He wasn't in his right mind, of course, and he reacted the way he thought he should react at the time. I know he was apologetic because of it, but of course I'm still pissed about it. If I did come back for one fight, I think that would be the fight I would come back for. That's just the competitive side of me. I feel like I built my whole life on respect, but the way he disrespected me after my last fight, I was just kind of taken aback by it, like, 'Why is this guy doing this right now?'"