Tito Ortiz explains why he turned down the fight against Rashad Evans at UFC 133Posted on July 13, 2011, 05:31 AM by Anton Gurevich
"I have a life and things to take care of. The fight game is about making the right choices of my career. If you knew what I have been going through you all would understand. Peaking for a fight is what makes a fighter unstoppable! Timing is everything in life. This is a rebuild year for me not do or die. The time will come again!"
Speaking via his Twitter account, former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Ortiz explained why he decided to turn down the offer to replace the injured Phil Davis against Rashad Evans. Ortiz and Evans already met four years ago, in a fight that took place at UFC 73: Stacked and ended in a Draw. Since then, Rashad Evans won three in a row, including the UFC Light Heavyweight Title bout against Forrest Griffin at UFC 92, while Tito Ortiz lost three in a row against Forrest Griffin, Lyoto Machida and Matt Hamill.
Evans was promised a title shot following his victory over Rampage Jackson at UFC 114. Victory over "Suga" would have put Tito Ortiz into pole position for a shot at the UFC Light Heavyweight title, and give fans one of the most amazing comeback stories in MMA history. But according to Ortiz, "the time will come again".
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