Quick Quote: Tito Ortiz is nowhere near retiring from MMA

Posted on October 25, 2010, 08:35 AM by Anton Gurevich
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"I'm not even close to the end of my career. The decision lies in Dana's hands, but I've gone through some surgeries that people don't come back (from). I feel great. Besides my face being a little sore, I feel fine. I need to get back to wrestling. I need to get back to my roots." -Las Vegas Sun

It looks like the Huntington Beach Bad Boy is not done yet. Well, according to him at least. Ortiz lost his third consecutive fight in the UFC, winning for the last time on October 10th 2006, against the arch nemesis Ken Shamrock. UFC President Dana White hinted during a UFC 121 post-fight interview that Tito Ortiz's future in the promotion is under question: "I don't know what it is, I think it's four in a row, and we know what happens when you lose four in a row in the UFC. This is the big leagues". So what do you think LowKick'ers, what should be next for Tito Ortiz?


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  • taz
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    he might not be close to retiring but his ufc career should be over.

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  • partyboy
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    his name is definitely a handicap, just like it is for chuck...these two guys arent able to face competition anymore, but would clean up in the undercards...however, because its chuck liddel and tito ortiz they arent gonna be put on the undercard against nobodys because they were both legends in their day...i tink its a weird situation for these guys to be in cause they'r kind of stuck in the middle

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  • Joey Santosus
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    Agreed. I think Tito should obviously remain a part of the industry in some way, maybe give him a commentary position of some kind... After all he does love to talk. Lol, seriously tho, I understand giving the guy a bit more leeway considering his contributions to the organization and his extenuating circumstances with his injuries and all, but at some point it is what it is. Maybe give him one more fight at best and take it from there.

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  • taz
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    i don't think there are many guys tito could beat at 205 in the ufc now unless it's someone who has bad takedown defence. i think tito would be a good trainer.

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  • WingChun
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    He's done, big guy.

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  • japanegro23
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    I'm not so sure Tito or Chuck could win against fighters out of the top 10. The UFC should give them a lesser fight and see how they do. If they have trouble maybe they would have an easier time retiring. It's tough to see those guys lose and I have never been a big fan of either.

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  • Jamie Kennedy
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    god knows, you can talk enough shit

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  • MAMBA24ILL
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    Tito came into the fight in great shape. Then the bell rang & he couldn't get much going.

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  • Jizzle11
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    Well at least he still has his chin

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  • Ninja
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    Just like the Forrest fight, he started off good and won the first round imo, but then he started to slow down a lot and became easier to hit and lost both fights, idk if its a cardio problem or that hes just too old now

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  • japanegro23
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    That's funny because they used to talk about how Tito was a cardio machine and I always thought he was gassing in a lot of his fights. Even the ones back in the day.

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  • WingChun
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    ...always thought the same thing. He seems to be fine for the first and then falls apart. I think, at the end of the day, Tito's biggest problem is his heart; he has a hard time toughing it out, when things don't go his way.



    I think Tito loves being a "fighter" per se, the persona of it, the training, the camera time, the fans, but when it comes right down to fighting, I think he's lost his love for it; the real desire. Without that a fighter is nothing.

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  • Madnessstill
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    I'm struggling to find who he would dominate with his one dimensional gameplan nowadays, even on the undercard.



    Really, it's the wrong division to be saying that, he'd have a better shot at HW.

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  • adamengland
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    Tito does not have the skill to compete at the top level anymore, chuck has but has no chin which is a huge shame, but as the sport proggreses we will see more legends knocked clean out.

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  • UrHype
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    Tito hasnt suffered near enough repurcussions for his stupidity.

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  • MMAEXPERT21
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    Tito should have retired a long time ago.

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  • Kable
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    u have to give credit where its due, i have to admit that titos strikin looked pretty decent, he will probably never be able to compete with the top LHWs, but ill say if he would have worked on his strikin like that 2 or 3 years ago then he would be a force, ive never been a fan of tito but hes still got his chin and could compete in lesser fights, and matt hammil is prob my new favorite fighter, nicest dude in the world and probably the biggest class act in the ufc, i would love to see hammil compete for the title

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  • taz
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    i like hamill now on tuf it seemed like he was getting favored alot, but it could have been edited to look worse than what it was, but since tuf he seems like a more humble and all a round great guy, i think he could get upto the top 5 of the 205 division quite easily and by that time his game will be better' i would like to see him as the champ.

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  • fightfan7
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    just stop tito like omg

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  • Lowkickdodger
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    The picture is insane lol Tito's head looks like a squished watermelon and Hamills like " Who is the soft head now ?? "

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  • Chief Don
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    Jon Jones!

    Jon Jones!

    Jon Jones Now!

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    let Jones have Randy

    and the rich

    and then

    Forrest

    and then

    Rampage

    and then

    Machida

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  • Rafaelroberto840
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    You know I think of Tito should be like Stephan Bonnar and be "the test" for the new guys

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  • garry_blackbelt
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    it took al long time for tito to grow up ! he use to be a real good fighter in his early ufc days been champ more than a few times !

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  • ck1
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    I think you have to look at the bigger piture with ortiz. there was an era when i used to really rate tito but you have to remember that the fighters about then were not what they are today. Beating guys like mezger, sinosic, tanner and shamrock gave him his name but he then lost to the top guys in liddell and couture. He then beat cote, but im sure it was cote's 1st ufc fight, he then had tight wins over belfort, griffin, 2 more wins over a already washed up shamrock, but he then faced what i would call the new breed of fighters in(evans, machida) and again faced liddell and griffin and now hamil.In those 5 fights he came away with 0 wins. My view is tito will always be remembered as a top guy, someone who helped drive the sport and i was a fan, but mainly his name was built beating lesser fighters and when he faced the top guys or the new guys he lost. some will say that he beat wand and belfort who were top fighters, ok but in my view this is how i see ortiz.

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  • garry_blackbelt
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    yes and yes! everybody has that past getting stoped! or beat! mma is that kinda sport! any combat sports no 1 has all wins! tito did bring alot to the sport! i do think if tito does get cut he should go to strike force! in which he will!

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  • WingChun
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    Sadly, it was probably the best he's looked in a long time, but I think he's done.



    Next time we see TO, he'll probably be in StrikeForce. I saw enough for me to say that I hope he doesn't hang it up, but I don't see Tito as being Champ of anything; certainly not the UFC 205 division; that's a pipe dream - a crack pipe, dream.



    Pat him on the back - he's done.

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  • MMALurker
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    I think he sells tickets. That fight was at least some what entertaining and competitive. So my money says we havnt seen the last of him. Probably some blast from the past match up like Couture Ortiz.

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  • TenderRainDrop
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    Is it me or is Matt the strangest fighter in the UFC. He's punches seem so slow to me, but somehow they get the job done, they just seem to move forward no matter what is in their way. If he keeps working on his speed and cardio that guy would have the heaviest hands in the division, also probably the best chin in the UFC, besides Clay Guida.

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  • MMA ADDICT
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    He should face a lower class fighter maybe on the spike prelims

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