Former UFC champion Tito Ortiz may be in the UFC Hall of Fame, however Ortiz often found himself at odds with the UFC brass during the course of his stint with the promotion.
Now a Bellator MMA fighter, Ortiz offered some advice to Conor McGregor, who is currently in the middle of a standoff with the UFC. McGregor refused to fulfill his promo obligations for his UFC 200 rematch with Nate Diaz on July 9th, and as a result was pulled from the event. While there has been no official word yet on McGregor’s next fight, it is rumored that he will fight at either UFC 201 or 202.
Ortiz spoke to Chael Sonnen on his “You’re Welcome” podcast to offer McGregor some advice.
“I don’t know, it’s just one of those things. I made some bad decisions with the UFC, with Dana and I’ve been talked bad about from them from Dana, and I look back on it and wish I would have done things a lot different. I just, I hope Conor makes the right decisions, and at the same time, but makes the decision for his future.”
“The window is really, really small. I think the best decision is doing what Lorenzo and Dana want him to do. They’re going to take care of the kid as they’ve already done and I think it’s just going to be better if they just do the right things. I made the wrong decision myself in my career. I tried to battle against the system. I should have never done that but I didn’t have anybody else who showed me how to do it before. I did everything on instinct….
“Trust has always been a hard issue in my life and when I was with the UFC it was hard for me to trust people because it was like I was seeing lies, up to lies, up to lies. So I think that at this time Conor should trust Lorenzo and trust Dana and do the right decision.”