UFC NEWS – Tito Ortiz Hints At Possible Retirement in 2012
“Maybe it’s time. I don’t know. I guess when I leave on my own terms — and I look at it as, when I don’t have fun coming in the gym anymore, sparring and pushing myself and running every day, maybe it is time. I’m not overstaying my welcome. My goal in my whole career was to do 15 years in MMA. May 30th will be my 15th year of fighting in the UFC and in MMA, in general … This will be fight No. 26 for me, I think. So I’ll have 27 and walk away. I think I’ve done good. I don’t know. But you never know. You never know if Dana and Lorenzo come to me with some numbers that make sense to me. I’m healthy. I just don’t want to have another surgery in my neck or my back anymore. My doctor says, “Out of surgery, you’ll get three years. And after that, you may have to have surgery again if you keep doing the banging. Is it worth it not being able to run with my kids or wrestle with my kids or throw a football with my kids when they get older? A million dollars ain’t worth it.”
The Huntington Beach Bad Boy, Tito Ortiz, tells Karen Bryant of MMA Heat that he is considering putting up the gloves.
In what is sure to be a case for the UFC Hall of Fame, Tito Ortiz still holds the record for the most ever UFC light-heavyweight title defenses. While that record may not hold out until the end of time, it’s a strong bullet point in a historic career for one of the pioneers of Mixed Martial Arts.
What do you guys think? Two more fights than walk? Is it time for the HBB to retire?