Retirement for UFC hall of famer & former light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz means owning a clothing line, nutrition supplement company, a training center as well as an amateur MMA fight series in California named Rising Stars and management company Primetime 360.
“It’s going to take a little bit of time as I have to prove my worth. I’m starting by working with Cris. I know she had problems last year but I’m willing to put my name on her and revamp every idea she’s ever thought she had to become the champion again. I’m going out and looking to get the next best fighters and giving them opportunities. I’m not going to promise them the world, but I’ll promise them the opportunity to get the world. If you have opportunity and you take it and grab it, you can find success. That’s the way life is. You’ve got to have the opportunity and I’m going to give that to a lot of fighters.”
Ortiz in the past, has been vocal about fighters who use performance-enhancing drugs which makes signing with Cyborg seem counteractive to his prior belief but the Huntington Beach Bad Boy thinks otherwise.
“I’m making a statement. I’ll grab someone who has problems, and I’m going to fix it. I’m going to show them the right way. We’ve sat down, and she explained to me it was a mistake and she’s not going to do it again. Everybody deserves a second chance. If she messes up again, my name is on it. I put my stamp of approval on her, and I believe in her. I promise to the fans it won’t happen again.”
Rousey vs. Cyborg issue may turn out to be the first battle that Ortiz faces with the Zuffa promotion in his new role as a manager. Ortiz insists that they will have to compromise and use a 140-pound catch weight.
“Ronda has the marketing machine behind her, so of course she’ll try to get her way, but people want to see who the best woman is. Rousey has fought at 145 time and again while Cyborg has been at 145 always, so why should she come down a whole weight class? If you want to put the best against the best, compete with someone cutting an extra five pounds to fight against you.”
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