When UFC Hall of Fame fighter Tito Ortiz took to the Octagon earlier this month it was supposed to mark his swansong, exiting the infamous eight-sided cage with dignity after giving it his all one final time regardless of the bout’s outcome. Unfortunately, due to the actions of opponent Forrest Griffin, the fight has been tainted to a degree leaving a bitter aftertaste in Ortiz’s mouth.
Griffin first turned heads by stomping out of the ring before the judges’ decision had been read – ultimately in his favor as it turned out – and conducting an impromptu interview with Ortiz afterwards rather than allow broadcaster Joe Rogan to do so. Now, with news surfacing in relation to Griffin’s use of testosterone replacement therapy leading up to the tilt, the former “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has apparently had enough and is speaking out about the matter.
“Since Day 1 that I’ve been competing over the last 15 years, I’ve always been on an even field,” said Ortiz in an interview with Inside MMA. “Why, all of the sudden, now other fighters can be on a higher…six times the amount of an average person?”
“I hope this doesn’t happen to become an epidemic,” Ortiz continued. “What type of message are we trying to send to the youths that are watching our sport? This is the same thing we’ve been trying to stop from happening.”
The now-retired Ortiz also alluded to the probability of having been able to extend his career had he opted to pursue testosterone injections but labeled the means as a “weakness” and “excuse”.
Ortiz’s comments align him with a number of MMA’s leading personalities who are opposed to TRT use including UFC President Dana White who has said he would ban it if the decision was his.
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