Forrest Griffin will ‘retire from life’ if he loses to Tito Ortiz at UFC 148

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Retire from the sport? Pffft, I'll do you one better and retire from life.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz has gone on record saying that win, lose or draw, he will retire after his trilogy fight against Forrest Griffin at UFC 148 on July 7, 2012.

After splitting their first two encounters, Tito and Forrest will collide in "Sin City" to see who walks away the winner of their series and Ortiz, for one, would love nothing more than to ride off into the sunset with a victory, to go along with his UFC Hall of Fame induction, which will take place prior to the event.

Not one to be outdone, the always quirky and entertaining Griffin says that should he lose to "The People's Champ" over the Fourth of July weekend, he won't walk away from the sport, but will retire from life altogether.

Check out what the original Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner had to say to UFC.com, after the jump:

"I was fighting for $300 or $400 when Tito was champion of the world. He's not what he used to be, but he's still putting on good fights with the best guys in the world. The Machidas, the Rashads, the guys that he's fighting are the top ten, cream of the crop. We've lost one we've won one, we're 1-1, we've had good fights. There's definitely some things that are tough to deal with. A good wrestler that comes down low that comes forward with tough pressure, he's a tough guy to fight. He's still got a good overhand right, nice shovel hook, he throws good punches, he's got good knees, he's got a good Thai clinch. If you can stop him from coming forward, he's not so tough to fight. But when he's coming forward in that good stance, you can't tell if he's gonna throw a big bomb or shoot, that's tough to deal with. A lot of people ask me. They say, 'Forrest, it's Tito's retirement fight. If you lose to Tito, are you going to retire?' If I lose to Tito, I'm going to retire from life. ...seriously."

Regardless of who retires from what, both need a win in the worst possible way.

Tito is currently riding a two-fight losing skid, coming up short against Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira while Griffin looks to rebound from the first round shellacking he suffered at the hands of Mauricio Rua at UFC 134 last August.

UFC 148 features a main event between UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva taking on Chael Sonnen and also has Cung Le welcoming Patrick Cote back to the Octagon.

All of that and more right here.

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