It sounds like Tito Ortiz is happily retired.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion retired from MMA earlier this year after submitting Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170. But recently, Ortiz’s retirement came into question when former opponent Chuck Liddell posted a picture to Instagram of the two facing off with the caption: Why not?
This post came on the heels of rumors circulating that Liddell was looking to come out of retirement and got fans stalking about a potential trilogy fight. It was not to be though as Ortiz responded on Twitter that he didn’t need the money but would lend Liddell some if he was in need. Later, he retracted the statement admitting that he was wrong and he recently spoke with Submission Radio to explain what happened with the picture and why he was so aggressive towards Liddell.
“I was at a poker event and he was at the same event also playing and the media wanted to take a face off picture and I said cool. Then we started walking towards the back [and he said], ‘let’s do another face off picture and let me post it.’ I was like, alright, cool. You know it’s not gonna happen but I guess he just wanted to get some play out of it, which he did.
“That night I said ‘why not.’ I said it on emotions. I probably shouldn’t have did that but at that time I had a couple drinks in me and The Bad Boy comes out every once in awhile. . . I did it all on emotions. I thought it was funny at the time and I apologized after.”
Ortiz and Liddell have faced each other twice before with Liddell stopping Ortiz in both fights. Their rematch for the light heavyweight title at UFC 66 was the most successful UFC event ever at the time, breaking the live gate record as well as topping over one million pay-per-view buys. A third fight between the two could potentially do very well for an organization like Bellator MMA, especially with with the built in storyline of this social media beef, but Ortiz insists that he is not going to put his body through anymore strain.
“I just don’t plan on fighting. I don’t plan on people trying to force me to fight. I have to get a neck surgery. Why would I even think about fighting? Why would I even think about risking myself physically? I’m too old to be fighting. I’m 42 years old. I’m too old. I’m not a Randy Couture and I really don’t need the cash right now so I’d rather make money by other means. Being in the gym six days a week, six to eight hours a day is not really in my idea of working anymore. That’s behind me now. I think I’ve done what I need to do and yeah, I think I can beat Chuck but I don’t need to do that anymore.”
And it’s hard to argue with that assessment. Ortiz retired as an early pioneer and one of the true legends of the sport. He’s a UFC Hall of Famer and one of the most successful champions in the history of the organization. Then, after leaving the UFC he ended his career by winning three of his last four bouts, including going out on top after submitting Sonnen in a main event fight. For Ortiz, leaving on a high note is better than being forced into retirement after suffering repeated knockout losses like Liddell.
“I left on my own terms. I left when I wanted to leave. I didn’t leave because I got knocked out four times in a row. I left when I needed to leave. I took the best I could possibly do and I walked away. I left on a storybook ending. No reason to come back and mess anything up.”
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Anyway, that’s it for today. Take it easy y’all and Conor bless.
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