UFC Hall of Fame fighter Tito Ortiz rode off into the sunset last July after a fifteen-year career and seemed to be happy with retirement. Fast-forward to this week, and it looks like Ortiz is actually itching to make a return to the ring even if it doesn’t involve action inside the Octagon.
“Fighting is starting to sound fun again…body is almost healed,” wrote the 16-11-1 Ortiz on Twitter. “Come backs are always the best test! Live life to the fullest.”
“Nice to be a free agent. Need to make a big decision for my future (and) for my kids’ future,” he added.
Ortiz not only included a UFC tag in his message but also made sure it went out to Bellator’s parent-company, Viacom, as well.
The former 205-pound champion walked away from the sport with a 1-8-1 record in his previous ten tilts including a stumble to Forrest Griffin in his final fight, citing spinal issues among other health-related woes as affecting his performance over the span. However, during his heyday Ortiz was definitely one of MMA’s most dominant forces and is currently tied with Jon Jones for the most consecutive defenses of the company’s light heavyweight title at five in a row.