<div class="Article" style="float: left;"> <table> <tr style="vertical-align: bottom;"> <td> <h3><a href="/go=news.detail&gid=196350" target="_blank"> Tito Ortiz ready for Forrest Griffin, UFC 106 main event </a></h3> </td> </tr> </table> <a href="/go=news.detail&gid=196350" ><img class="photo" src="http://img.mixedmartialarts.com/method=get&rs=90&q=75&x=20&y=21&w=310&h=165&ro=0&s=2C7D8E93-1D09-6BFC-E55619882FCB6418.jpg" /></a> <strong class="ArticleSource">[LATimes.com]</strong> <div style="clear: both; line-height: 1px;height: 1px;"> </div> </div> <blockquote>
Three weeks ago, former Ultimate Fighting Championship light-heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz of Huntington Beach was preparing for a "warmup" return to the UFC against the aged Mark Coleman.Then Coleman got hurt and was replaced by former UFC light-heavyweight champ Forrest Griffin. And on Monday, the UFC announced heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar is sick and has missed more than three weeks of training, causing his title defense Nov. 21 against Shane Carwin to be postponed until Jan. 2.
So, Ortiz will now star in the UFC 106 main event at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in a rematch of his classic 2006 battle against Griffin, who has lost his last two fights by TKO (Rashad Evans) and KO (Anderson Silva).
"From low tide to high tide," Ortiz cracked during a training break in Big Bear on Monday.
Although the main-event switch generated a flurry of complaints by fans on the UFC website, Ortiz, 34, pointed to the Griffin fight's obvious selling points: his first bout in the organization since May 2008 because of a contract split and his return from back surgery, questions about Griffin's resilience after the Evans loss and an embarrassing showing against middleweight champ Silva, and the interest in the veterans' rematch.
"You figure in losing the title [to Evans] that Forrest has doubt; he had doubt against Silva," Ortiz said. "This is all or nothing for him.