Tito Ortiz has been around the block….a bunch of times !
He’s seen everything MMA has to offer and has probably earned the right to voice his opinion as much as anybody in the sport. Now, since the fall of PRIDE FC, MMA fans down the years have been split into two camps, Pro-Fedor and Anti-Fedor.
The pro crowd will tell you about him beating ex UFC champs, the Anti crowd will state that they are EX UFC champs for a reason…
Well, after reading this part of Tito’s UFC 133 blog with ESPN, we know what camp the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” falls in.
“I also watched the Fedor Emelianenko-Dan Henderson fight. I am not a huge supporter or anything, but it was hard to see someone like Fedor basically retire himsellf like that. He’s been finished in his last three fights and it is never good seeing any fighter who has been around for a long time finish on his face.
He’s not one of the greatest ever; he did great in Pride but he chose not to come to the UFC and he never fought in the UFC. You can’t be considered one of the best — much less the greatest ever — if you didn’t fight in the UFC. Pride isn’t the UFC and the places he’s been since Pride aren’t the UFC. Everyone who came from Pride to the UFC got stomped.
But that’s not to take away from Dan Henderson. Henderson is one of the best light heavyweights out there. He’s survived at the top of the food chain for a long time and that’s a fight I’d be very interested in. I’ve said I’m the last of the Mohicans lately but I guess Hendo is a Mohican too and it would be a great fight for me in the future. “