We talked to Tito Ortiz about Bellator, fighter unions, and Jon Jones wearing a ‘Dana is my bitch’ shirt
Tito Ortiz is one of those evergreen fighters. Even during his 2-year retirement, he hardly left headlines. Why is that? After speaking with him, you realize at this point in 2014, he may be a better marketer than fighter.
Tito harkens back to the old days, when DIY was the acronym everyone followed as gospel, and Tito devised a roadmap to success that he’s followed for years. While he may be a punchline more often than not with his turns of phrase, or strange antics, you can’t say he’s a man who doesn’t follow his heart… Even when he has absolutely no need to fight as a full-time single father.
Those of you that have read my words over the last half-decade know I love the old days of MMA, so it was a pleasure to have a candid conversation with the legendary Tito Ortiz covering a wide range of subjects, from his humble beginnings to the current state of politics in MMA as a whole. Tito can empathize with Nate Diaz’s removal from the UFC rankings, has no beef with Ken Shamrock, and talks about the haunting of the Dana White boxing match that never came to be. Read it all below.
I went to UFC: Brazil and told the matchmaker at the time that I could beat any if the light heavyweights, which back then were called middleweights, and told him I could beat them all. I was cocky, I was brash. I was a young kid who wanted to compete, and so they gave me Jerry Bohlander. I had to rebuild my camp. From there I got Guy Mezger again, a rematch after I beat Bohlander, while he was in the Lion’s Den training with those guys. There was about four of us against the Lion’s Den. That’s when I fought Frank Shamrock for the world title and lost to him. He retired, but then I beat Wanderlei Silva for the title. Then I went on my terror.Tito Ortiz