Tito Ortiz is one of the most decorated fighters to step inside a cage, whether it be the UFC’s octagon or Bellator’s cage. He started his professional fighting career in 1997 and is still receiving opportunities at championship gold in 2015— and it’s not just because of his star-power.
Ortiz was riding a two fight win streak at the time he signed the dotted line to challenge Liam Mcgeary at “DYNAMITE” on Saturday night and was undefeated in the Viacom owned promotion. With big wins over Alexander Shlemenko and Stephan Bonnar, Ortiz seemed like a viable opponent for Mcgeary. Mcgeary did a fantastic job at catching the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion off guard with a reverse triangle submission however, and picked up a quick first round win.
Now, Ortiz is taking a look back at his thirty-one fight career and fields questions of retirement. Ortiz addressed watching fights from the sidelines during the “DYNAMITE” post fight press conference.
“As far as me coming back, I’ll wait. I’m gonna chill for a little bit. I’m just gonna enjoy this time right now. I missed out on the summer,” Ortiz said. “I missed out on a lot of time with my family… I’m 40 years old, man. I’ve been doing this s*** for eighteen and a half years— a lot longer than everyone up here has been doing it. I’ve had some major surgeries: back surgeries, neck surgeries, knee surgeries.”
Ortiz is excited to spend time with his family and let his body and mind heal before coming back to the cage. “[I’m going to] let my body heal a little bit; let my mind heal a little bit. I still love training. I want to hang out with my kids a little bit, wake up in the morning and take them to school. Be a dad for a little bit. I’m gonna enjoy myself.”
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