"I want that belt again. I just gotta do it one match at a time and rebuild myself back up and make it happen. I've trained for Forrest [Griffin] before. I know how he punches and I see in his last three fights how he kicks a lot. I hope he kicks a lot because every time he kicks, he's going to be on his back. That or he's going to eat a right hand. One or the other. Can he withstand the pound and pound and poundage that I'm going to do on him? Elbows and punches -- we'll see, only time will tell. I'm going to try to hurt him. I'm going to go for blood. I'm going to look for hurting him. I'm going to fight like I've always fought. With my heart. If Forrest is ready, it will be a great fight. If he's not, I'm going to knock him out. I'll never run out of the Octagon. I'll take my loss like a man. I'm willing to die for my cause. Are you?" - Tito Ortiz
Ortiz (15-6-1) has been absent from the Octagon since May 2008. He left the organization after his defeat to Lyoto Machida, citing problems with UFC President Dana White as one of the main reasons. However, in mid-July 2009, the pair announced that they had resolved their differences, and by the end of the month, White stated that Ortiz would return.
Ortiz had back surgery in Oct. 2008 to help with the pain he said he had been feeling since 2003.
The two former champions fought for the first time in April 2006, where Ortiz won a controversial split decision. Griffin will be looking to avenge the loss, and also will be looking to improve on a 0-2 record in the past 12 months.