Light heavyweight legend Tito Ortiz might be a UFC Hall of Fame fighter but don’t expect the former “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” to take to the Octagon ever again despite the veteran recently teasing the end of his retirement. Though it’s entirely possible Ortiz could indeed make a comeback, UFC President Dana White addressed the 38-year old’s situation where he had very little to offer on the positive side of things.
“Who gives a sh*t? Tito’s lost every fight he’s had for the last three years or something? He won one fight in the last three years against Ryan Bader,” said White candidly in a conversation with MMAJunkie. “It’s time for Tito to move on.”
Elaborating on his opinion, White didn’t begrudge Ortiz for wanting to fight again – he simply sees no place for him in the sport’s premier promotion.
“Tito’s going to have to do whatever Tito’s going to have to do. Tito is the guy who back in the early days was like, ‘I’m going to retire young from this sport. I’m going to become an actor, and my Punishment Athletics line is going through the roof. I’m not going to be that guy who hangs around the sport.’ Does anybody remember all that sh*t,” asked White rhetorically. “Now Tito’s like, ‘Yeah, I think I’m going to come back. I haven’t won a fight in three years, and I’m old.’ Obviously, Tito needs money. That’s the only reason he would come back.”
Ortiz compiled a 16-11-2 record during his fifteen-year run in the UFC. However, it turns out White was actually being nice regarding his assessment of Ortiz’s performance over the past few years. In fact, Ortiz was 2-7-1 in his last ten tilts with his victory over Bader marking his only win in close to a six-year span.