Tito Ortiz: Dana White and Joe Silva wanted me to retire after UFC 121Posted on June 21, 2011, 03:37 AM by Anton Gurevich
"Dana White and Joe Silva [the UFC's matchmaker] told me they wanted me to retire, but I knew I still had the fight inside me. I pretty much begged for my job, to show how much I want to fight, but I still have it in my heart to compete, to fight. I told them I want to still fight against the top guys, I want to put on a show. I've just turned 36, but when they put me against the top guys, I think I can still compete. Too bad people don't pay attention to the major details. I've competed against the top guys and gone on to win world championships. I'm not getting submitted or knocked out...I'm making little mistakes where I should be submitting guys. I thought I beat - 2 to 1 the second time. But it was what it was. I made some mistakes against Hamill. I didn't respect his takedown. The UFC called me after that fight and said ‘we want you to retire.' I was shocked, I thought they were kidding around. I took it as they didn't want to pay me, to give me what I'm worth. I'm competing against the top guys and I'm not getting dominated. So, next month, I'll be fighting one of the top guys in the world again, ranked in the top 3, and I'm going to show how much I'm really worth."The Telegraph via MMAMania.com.
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz will face TUF 8 Winner Ryan "Darth" Bader as part of the main card action of UFC 132 on July 2nd. Ortiz will look to get his second "W" since the triumph over Ken Shamrock on October 10th of 2006. Since then, Ortiz is 0-1-4 inside the Octagon, losing to three UFC Light Heavyweight Champions in Chuck Liddell, Forrest Griffin and Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida. Tito Ortiz is currently 15-8-1 in his professional MMA career, with 8 TKO/KO and 2 Submission victories on his record.
Photo: UFC Dana White, left, watches as Tito Ortiz congratulates Chuck Liddell after the post fight press conference for Ultimate Fighting Champion Championship UFC 66 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on December 30, 2006. Photo credit: Francis Specker