Originally written July 08, 2012 on 5thRound.com:
If you were disappointed in Forrest Griffin’s antics following his UFC 148 fight with Tito Ortiz (Pictured), you aren’t the only one. While many of the fans inside MGM Grand Garden Arena pelted Griffin with boos for bolting from the Octagon before the judges’ scorecards were read, Ortiz was disgusted because Griffin ruined his farewell speech by taking the microphone from UFC color commentator Joe Rogan and decided to conduct the interview himself. “I thought that was bull****,” Ortiz stated at the post-fight press conference. It was an emotional day for the man who will forever be known as “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.” Hours before he took the cage for the final time, Ortiz gave a tearful speech when he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame. Apparently, Ortiz didn’t get everything off his chest. For Griffin’s part, he expressed a sincere apology for tainting Tito’s goodbye to the fans. “I feel really bad that I took Tito’s mic from Joe,” Griffin shared. “I apologize for that. I was in a weird mindset.” UFC president Dana White wasn’t pleased with Griffin’s behavior, either. Not only for stealing Ortiz’s spotlight, but also for prematurely jetting to the locker room. White was forced to leave his cageside seat and chase Griffin down. “He drives me crazy, this guy,” White stated. “It’s like professional suicide. Everyone knows what I said to him [to get him back inside the cage].” Griffin claims he left not because he thought he lost, but because he was disappointed for not posting a finish in their trilogy. He pulled a similar disappearing act after getting put to sleep by Anderson Silva at UFC 101.
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