Despite UFC 133 Loss to Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz Not Calling it a Career

August 7, 2011
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Tito Ortiz

Tito Ortiz

UFC president Dana White said before the fight even happened that Saturday night’s bout against Rashad Evans at UFC 133 in Philadelphia would not be a win-or-go-home fight for Tito Ortiz.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion agreed to the fight on just three weeks notice, facing the current number one contender to the 205-pound throne. He didn’t win, but the fight garnered Evans and Ortiz $70,000 each for Fight of the Night honors.

White’s not bestowing such honors on a fighter he’s ready to give the boot.

“I can’t say enough good things about how good Rashad looked tonight and Tito fought an awesome fight, worthy of Fight of the Night,” commented the brash promoter.

So when questions started flying about whether or not Ortiz would call it a day, The fighter was emphatic in his response, making no excuses for the loss to Evans.

“I came here and gave it my all. I got nothing to hold back. Rashad beat me at my best. Rashad is the better man,” Ortiz said in the Octagon, adding, “100 percent, I’ll be back.”

He won’t be back quite as quickly as his last turn, however. Ortiz defeated Ryan Bader at UFC 132 on July 2, just before accepting Saturday night’s fight.

“I want to fight before the year is over, for sure,” he said at the UFC 133 post-fight press conference. “I’m gonna take about a month off, go on vacation, enjoy my family, enjoy my businesses, get right back in the gym, and hop on that horse again.”

Many had thought that because of his age, Ortiz was in a fight-by-fight situation when deciding whether or not to continue his career. He doesn’t appear to be looking at it that way.

Injury free for the first time in a long, even though he lost to Evans, Ortiz has relished fighting without the nagging issues that had plagued him for years. He’s not ready to let his age, 36 years old, dictate his career now that he feels like a much younger man that he did just two short years ago.

“I been here since ’97. I’m still fighting. I’m still hungry. I still want to fight. I fought a number one contender tonight. I fought my ass off. Rashad was the better man tonight,” Ortiz stated.

“I’m young still. I just turned 36. I still got a lot of fight left in me.”


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  • wonggfan

    The fight was NOT the fight of the night.

    It is Dana’s way of compensating Tito for not asking for “Anderson Silva money.”

    So UFC decides what is the fight of the night???? Why not do a poll??

    • ktadus

      They did a poll once and the fans chose a horrible fight….Dana said he would never do that again.

      • phrankthetank

        By no means did the fans pick a horrible fight, they picked koscheck and gsp, however, it shouldn’t have been fight of the night.

      • wonggfan

        ?? how can it be “horrible” when majority of the fans thought it was good??

        you mean, you thought it was horrible and Dana happened to agree?

        Perhaps the polls should be improved.

        Dana wants to control the pay. Like here. In lieu of a raise, Tito got the fight of the night.

  • devine22

    wonggfan i agree they should leave that up to the fans who paid the money to watch the fight ! Im grateful for what Dana has done over the years with the UFC because boxing is dead! Just think he controls a little too much of what happens an makes it a point that its His way or NO WAY!

  • http://www.twitter.com/uncanny390 uncanny390

    Fans cant pick the bonuses because too many dont watch/dont care about the prelims. Main card fighters would get the bonus every time, guaranteed.

    • wonggfan

      True. But that doesn’t mean by default Dana should pick.

      They could put in a better mechanism.

      It is so clear that Tito got that bonus in lieu of a pay raise for taking the fight on short notice.

      UFC milks the fighters.