Forrest Griffin will fight Ryoto Machida — not Tito Ortiz — at UFC 70 in Manchester, England, on April 21, according to a recent MySpace message from The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season one light heavyweight king.
Here's the snip from Griffin:
"I will be fighting Ryoto Machida at UFC 70 in MANCHESTER, England on April 21st."
I had been resigned to the fact that I would have to endure another UFC rematch between Griffin and Ortiz. Don't get me wrong, I think it's a good fight. I just had no desire to see it again so soon after the first fight less than one year ago.
Machida is fresh off a dominant performance over Sam Hoger at UFC 67, winning the bout on all three judges scorecards. It was an impressive UFC debut for the former K-1 fighter, who boasts wins over other UFC notables such as Rich Franklin, BJ Penn and Stephan Bonnar.
Griffin, of course, is reeling from his defeat at the hands of Keith Jardine at UFC 66. It was a fight that was supposed to build Griffin as a serious and future challenger for Chuck Liddell's 205-pound belt.
It didn't happen.
On a card that has some questionable match ups, this is one bout that has some meaning.
Now, the only real question that remains is who Ortiz will face.
I can only pray that Renato "Babalu" Sobral — who is fighting Jason Lambert at UFC 68 next week — finishes the fight early and healthy.
Ortiz-Sobral is something that needs to happen. And, the sooner the better.
But, I won't get my hopes up too soon. This good news should hold me over for a day or two at least.