Tito Ortiz: I'm the Last of the MohicansPosted on June 23, 2011, 08:43 AM by Anton Gurevich
"I’m the Last of the Mohicans. Out of the fighters who helped build the UFC from what it was in the 1990s to what it is now in 2011, they’re all gone except for me. Chuck Liddell has retired; Randy Couture has retired. I’m the last man standing, and now everyone thinks Ryan Bader is going to put me down, too.
I think Dana respected that I had the fire to say, “Hell no, I don’t want to retire! I want to fight!” and argued that I should fight on. So they're giving me this shot against Ryan Bader, another top-5 guy who has only ever lost to [current UFC light heavyweight champion] Jon Jones.
Would I have liked Dana to give me an easier opponent? Sure! But, hey, they pay me top-attraction money, so I get top-attraction guys." Tito Ortiz blog at ESPN.com
The Huntington Beach Bad boy will look to prove critics wrong, fighting Ryan "Darth" Bader on the main card of UFC 132 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ortiz, who recently fought some of the toughest competition the UFC Light Heavyweight division has to offer, is without a victory since his 2006 bout against Ken Shamrock, going 0-4-1 inside the Octagon. Tito Ortiz began his journey as the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion by defeating Wanderlei Silva at UFC 22, and ended in Unanimous Decision loss to Randy Couture at UFC 44, after five consecutive title defenses.
The fight against Ryan Bader will be Tito Ortiz's 24th inside the UFC Octagon.
Photo: UFC fighter Tito Ortiz at his gym in Big Bear Lake, California on November 11, 2009. Francis Specker