UFC Hall of famer and former light heavyweight champ, Tito Ortiz spoke with MMA Uncensored Live about his retired life, and what could’ve been if wasn’t for his injuries and medical procedures he had to undertake.
The interview began with his transition to retirement
“It’s everything that I expected it to be — fishing, enjoying life, it’s been a great time with my family, me and Jenna, all of my kids, doing my clothing, Punishment Athletics, my nutrition and my gyms. I’m just working hard on the business aspect of it.
Instead of my brawn, now it’s time to use my brain. Thank God I went to college!”
Ortiz discussed his injuries which induced him to step away from the octagon:
“Prior to the Forrest fight, I had 50-percent of my meniscus taken out. During the fight, I guess I re-tore the ACL in my right knee. So, I’m looking to get ACL replacement on my right knee. I had a neck problem, no one knew about it. But, I’m possibly getting neck surgery, again. This is why I’m retired. I’m sick of getting surgeries, man.”
When asked about coming out of retirement to fight former rival Chuck Liddell or anyone else. Ortiz firmlhy stated:
“I’m done. I’ve done what I wanted to do in mixed martial arts. I’ve got to this point in my career. Fifteen years, I thought, was good enough for me. I defended my Light Heavyweight title five consecutive times. I’ve done what I wanted to do. It was about money. I made my business; I needed it for what I wanted to do. I’m done. I’m content where I am and to work on the business side of it. I don’t have the hunger for it, anymore. I’m sick of getting surgeries.”
The Huntington Beach Bad Boy believes he’d still be fighting today and believes he’d be the champion if it wasn’t for injuries:
“100% for sure, I would have. I’d be beating Jon Jones, right now. I’d be beating everybody else that I’ve fought, up to this point. I still might have been 19-2.”
He was asked whether or not he would’ve beaten the current version of Jon Jones in his prime in case he wanted to recant his previous statement. The Huntington Beach Bad Boy responds:
“100% What do you think I’m gonna say, no? I was the champion. I was dominant. Jon Jones tried to beat my record. I would have beaten Jon Jones.”
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