Forrest Griffin edges Tito Ortiz at UFC 148

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Chad Mendes, does a flip after winning his fight against Cody McKenzie by TKO during the first round of their UFC 148 featherweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Saturday, July 7, 2012, in Las  Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Forrest Griffin edged Tito Ortiz in a close unanimous decision at UFC 148 on Saturday night in a bout matching former light heavyweight champions at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Griffin was able to land a number of kicks to the legs and body and controlled most of the fight that ended with three judges giving him a 29-28 edge. Ortiz rocked Griffin in the second and third rounds, flooring him with right hands, but Griffin rallied to sustain the attack.

On the undercard, Cung Le unanimously outpointed Patrick Cote for his first UFC victory, Damian Maia stopped Dong Hyun Kim in the first round, Chad Mendes rebounded from his first loss with an easy first-round victory over Cody McKenzie, and Mike Easton outpointed Ivan Menjivar.

In the preliminary bouts, Melvin Guillard earned his 11th UFC victory, and Khabib Nurmagomedov remained undefeated at 18-0, both winning unanimous decisions. Rafaello Oliveira, Shane Roller and Costa Philippou also won by unanimous decision.

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