The next fight is always the biggest of a fighter’s career, especially when he’s fighting at the top level of the sport. But Saturday night’s fight against Ryan Bader at UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber, has an added significance for Tito Ortiz.
A pioneer of the sport that has called the UFC home for his entire career, Ortiz is fighting not for a step up the Top 10 ladder or to get into title contention, but for the very survival of his career.
There aren’t really many other viable options for Ortiz to go fight elsewhere, and if he loses to Bader, he’s all but assured of being kicked out the door… but he doesn’t plan on going quietly. He’s going to do everything he can to prove several people wrong and several others right, when he steps in the cage with Ryan Bader in Las Vegas.
Ortiz, at the UFC 132 open workouts on Wednesday, again addressed questions about his future, the fight with Bader, and seeing many of the fighters he started out with step to the wayside.