Tito Ortiz is "not a stepping stone to anyone," plans to test the will of "disrespectful" Ryan BaderPosted on June 28, 2011, 07:18 PM by Joey Santosus
"Bader made a mistake saying I am a stepping stone back to Jon Jones. I understand why he said it. When I was 28 I felt indestructible too and I was saying a lot of things about what I was going to do too. But I’m not a stepping stone to anyone. No one has ever had an easy fight against me and he made a mistake in saying that I am a stepping stone. Maybe it was a figure of speech, but even if it was it was a little disrespectful to a former world champion."
"Bader is coming off the first loss of his career. He now knows what it is like to have his takedowns stopped. That tested his will and, on that one night against Jones, he showed me that he panics when he can’t bully people around with his wrestling. He won’t be able to bully me on Saturday and his will is going to be tested again - For more from Tito Ortiz, check out his three-part blog via ESPN.com
Tito Ortiz is clearly not pleased with what he perceives to be a lack of respect by his UFC 132 opponent, Ryan Bader. In his most recent outing, the former Light Heavyweight Champion came up short against Matt Hamill at UFC 121 in October, marking his third consecutive loss. Though Ortiz has since admitted that he was forced to beg for his job following the defeat, he will in fact get another shot when he meets the once beaten Arizona State University wrestling champ on Saturday.
UFC 132 is set for Saturday, July 2nd, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The stacked card will be headlined by a Bantamweight title clash between long time rivals Dominick Cruz and challenger Urijah Faber, while heavy-handed Middleweights Wanderlei Silva and Chris Leben will slug it out in the co-main event.
Photo: Tito Ortiz before his fight with Rashad Evans during UFC 73 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, CA on July 7, 2007. Francis Specker