In the co-main event of last night's (Sat., July 7, 2012) UFC 148: "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" pay-per-view (PPV) event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, Forrest Griffin defeated Tito Ortiz via unanimous decision.
All three judges scored Griffin the first two rounds and Ortiz the third to give Forrest the win on total scores of 29-28 across the board.
Except not everyone agrees with that assessment.
From cruising blogs and social media sites and what not, yours truly has found that the general consensus seems to be that round one was the closest, round two was clearly for Griffin, and round three was for Ortiz.
It's that first round that seemed to be up in the air.
Interestingly enough, the Fight Metric report agrees with the judges decision but you may be surprised to see how the numbers break down. Let's take a look after the jump.
First the striking report:
That's a pretty clear and obvious win for Griffin, though it accounts for volume and not the multiple times Ortinz knocked Forrest on his ass. As far as volume, all three rounds go to Griffin in every single category except head strikes in round one.
Now, the grappling report:
Obviously, this is all in Ortiz's favor. There's no debating that. He was credited with three takedowns on six attempts, with round two being the only round he didn't score at least one takedown in. He also passed to side control once.
Finally, the performance rating:
Griffin wins, of course, but what's fascinating is he was scored the second and third while Ortiz was awarded the first. That's according to Fight Metric's performance ratings and you can visit their website to check out their formula. I strongly suggest you do so.
Either way, the ultimate conclusion is that Griffin won the fight.
Agree or disagree? And, more importantly, why?
For a more detailed breakdown of the Griffin vs. Ortiz fight click here, to watch highlights of the bout click here, and for complete UFC 148 results and blow-by-blow coverage of all the night's action click here.