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Tito Ortiz angling for a UFC trilogy fight with Forrest Griffin

By Zach Arnold | February 26, 2011

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Tito was asked about how he suffered an injury during training, an injury which forced him to cancel his appearance against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira for the Seattle show coming up.

RON KRUCK: “Tito, tell us what happened.”

TITO ORTIZ: “Well actually, I did it about three and a half months into training, I was at Rafael Cordeiro’s training doing my Muay Thai, I was about I think we went into the 10th round about 10 seconds left in the 10th round and one of my training partners went to go throw a right hand (and) he was southpaw, I was orthodox, I was throwing a right hand at the same time. His head was a little lower than mine and it caught me right above the bridge of my eyebrow and went straight to the bone in my skull and gave me 22 stitches.”

He went on to say that he was out of sorts and went black, but that he recovered even though he was diagnosed by “a UFC doctor” as having a mild concussion and that it was the cause for him vomiting for a week and having bad side effects.

His goal is to fight in May or June and he would like to fight Forrest Griffin. If he can’t get Forrest in a trilogy fight and can’t fight Chuck Liddell, he would like to fight Randy Couture.

Speaking of concussions, there was a segment on Inside MMA with Dr. Ayman Salem, a neurosurgeon at the LA Brain & Spine Institute. Check out some of the notes from their interview.

KENNY RICE: “But doctor, let me ask you right off. It may seem like an obvious question but I’m sure that there are some that ask this question. If you’re knocked out, is that an automatic that you have suffered a concussion?”

DR. AYMAN SALEM: “Absolutely. A brain concussion is defined as alteration of mental status due to trauma to the brain and that alteration of mental status can be from seeing stars all the way to being knocked out completely.”

BAS RUTTEN: “Scary.”

KENNY RICE: “It is scary. Bas, as you know, compared to football and boxing, MMA is still a baby out there in the sports world. It’s been around for a couple of decades now. So, doctor, with that you don’t have the research I would imagine that you do have with the depth of the football history and the boxing history to see how the brain is working with some of these MMA fighters who have been around for six, eight years and maybe have suffered like Arlovski’s case, you know, seven knockouts already in their career.”

DR. AYMAN SALEM: “We don’t but we know certain statistics from boxing. We know a boxer can hit with the force of 52 G’s. If somebody is hit on the head from a boxer that would be as if you’re hit with a 13 pound bowling ball with the speed of 20 mph, which is significant force to the head.”

(later on in the interview…)

“When you’re hit on the head the force is transmitted through the skin, the bone, and then through the brain fluid to the brain and if you imagine that you drop a stone or a pebble on a lake on the surface of the lake and you have all that ripple effect, but imagine inside the skull the ripple effect is contained within the skull. So, you have extensive force that goes back and forth that can cause some brain shearing and that shearing happens at the cellular level and it could be functional, where you can just see stars or possibly feel that something is not right or it can be dramatic where you have structural shearing where you can have hemorrhages, bruises, contusions, all the way up to brain swelling and possibly death.”

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4 Responses to “Tito Ortiz angling for a UFC trilogy fight with Forrest Griffin”

  1. cutch says:

    MMAJunkie is saying that NSAC only need about $9,000 per year to do random testing again, surely the likes of HBO, Showtime & Zuffa who put on shows in that state could give them the money.

  2. 45 Huddle says:

    Ortiz vs Vera makes sense right now.

    • The Gaijin says:

      Whole-heartedly agree. And it should be a loser leaves town match. The loser will have really burned up any draw or credibility as a contender/top-level LHW in the current “shank tark” of a division. No need for them to be taking up valuable roster and main card space, it’s not like they would be of much value to Strikeforce or Bellator.

  3. mr. roadblock says:

    HDNet has HD in the title, High Def. How do they not realize how cheap and crappy all of their productions look?

    That set has local cable news quality lighting.

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