On Saturday (Nov. 21, 2009), UFC 106 hits the airwaves featuring Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin going against one another in the main event. Josh Koscheck, Paulo Thiago and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira highlight the undercard matches.
Sure, this event lost a little of it’s luster when UCF Heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar pulled out of his fight against Shane Carwin.
The Griffin-Ortiz fight was originally something of a co-main event, but these two combatants can more than carry an event on their own.
The last time these two met, April 15, 2006, at UFC 59, Ortiz won a controversial split decision, which many pundits thought should have gone Griffin’s way. Since then, Griffin has won and lost the Light Heavyweight belt. He’s also lost his last two fights, against Rashad Evans and Anderson Silva.
This is the first fight for Ortiz in over a year, and he is 0-2-1 in his last three fights, with a 2006 fight against Chuck Liddell being the only time he was stopped (TKO, strikes).
Both fighters possess knockout ability as well as excellent ground games. Both can end the fight standing up or by submission.
Josh Koscheck will take on Anthony Johnson in a welterweight match, in which Koscheck holds the more storied career thanks to his success as a collegiate wrestler and his appearance on The Ultimate Fighter season 1. Johnson, however, has won his last three fights.
Event Place: Las Vegas, N.V.
Time: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
Suggested viewing: There are several chains known for carrying UFC events — Hooters, Buffalo Wild Wings just to name two — and many local sports bars carry the fights. Often, there is a small cover charge (it costs a ton for local venues to purchase the PPV events), but getting to watch the fights with a crowd is a plus. Besides, having wings and beer brought right to your table makes the event even better.
Suggested attire: Jeans and a T-shirt … but NOT an Affliction or Tapout shirt, please. You’ll look like a tool. It’s like wearing a band’s T-shirt while you’re at the band’s show. It’s pretty lame. It’s like screaming “Hey, everyone … look how hardcore I am. I’m wearing a Tapout shirt just like the real fighters are.” Now, if you actually ARE a professional cage fighter … then you have our permission to wear a Tapout shirt. You’ll still look like a bit of a tool, though.
Light Heavyweight bout: Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin
Welterweight bout: Josh Koscheck vs. Anthony Johnson
Welterweight bout: Paulo Thiago vs. Jacob Volkmann
Light Heavyweight bout: Luiz Cane vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Welterweight bout: Amir Sadollah vs. Phil Baroni
*** subject, as always, to change.