Tito Ortiz Says He is Healthy, Training, and Waiting on Bellator for a Fight

March 21, 2014
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Tito OrtizTito Ortiz on Thursday said he is healed from his recent injuries and ready to return to fighting. He’s just waiting on Bellator to give him an opponent and a date.

Ortiz fractured his neck while preparing for a Nov. 2 bout against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, which was supposed to headline Bellator’s first pay-per-view offering. When the bout was nixed due to Ortiz’s injury, so was the pay-per-view.

During Ortiz’s recovery, doctors had warned of the possibility of paralysis if he decided to fight again, but the UFC Hall of Famer told MMAWeekly.com partner Knockout Radio that he is “100-percent healthy” and ready to get back in the cage.

“Everything is good. I’m about my ninth week in training,” said Ortiz. “I’m kind of on hold right now, waiting for Bellator to set me up with a match. I thought I’d be on this pay-per-view that’s coming up, but they wanted to wait.”

The pay-per-view in question is Bellator 120, which is slated for May 17 at the Landers Center in Memphis. The card is headlined by the rubber match between Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez, who will put his belt on the line against Michael Chandler. Rampage Jackson will also face “King Mo” Lawal in a pay-per-view feature fight.

At this point, it appears Ortiz won’t be a part of the card, but he has let it be known that he’d like to fight again. He’s not ready to retire.

“After my last loss to Forrest Griffin, it left a bad taste in my mouth. No one wants to retire off a loss,” he said.

Ortiz had initially retired following the Griffin loss, but he attributed that decision primarily to struggles in dealing with back surgery and a difficult environment in his home life at the time.

Now, not ready to call the loss the Griffin the final fight of his career, Ortiz has stopped acting as his own negotiator and put the wheels in motion for his representatives to work with Bellator on putting him back in the cage.

“We spoke with [Bellator],” said Ortiz. “I made the mistake with the UFC of trying to be the middleman, I just left it to my attorneys to deal with [Bellator]. I told them that I want to fight. I told them that I’m ready to go. I left it to them to get it done. I’m just training and waiting for the call [to know who and when I’m fighting].”

As for whom Ortiz will face when he returns, that is still very much up in the air. Although a fight with Rampage would still be a considerable draw for Bellator, Ortiz isn’t targeting anyone in particular. He just wants to fight again.

“When they call, I’m ready. Whoever it is, I don’t care.”

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  • Piotr

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHA… Because no one demanded it, except for Tito, the return of Tito Ortiz!

  • Sirjames Paladin Stackhouse

    please just retire, a true chapion knows when its over!

    • MuayThaiFood

      Yeah, well the people’s champion doesn’t.

  • Mihael Hajdin

    tito is a bum!

  • TheCerealKiller

    Bellator can’t afford the risk of booking him for a PPV again! If not for Bader screwing the pooch, Tito’s last win would have been Shamrock all the way back in 2006. Why would anyone want to see him fight again?

    • Piotr

      They don’t.

      • dgs

        Dido that.

        At this point in Tito’s career, I would rather watch paint dry or grass grow than to see him fight again. I do not believe he is competitive any longer with today’s fighters, and I think Rampage would have violently KO’d him had they fought.

        • Lawdog1521

          Probably. But let’s not act like Rampage is much better.

    • Shocked_n_Awed

      At this point, Tito’s best shot at one more match would be to give Ken Shamrock a call, and set up a meeting in an Arby’s parking lot.

  • Muaythai4life

    It’s not just that Bellator takes a risk over paying an old name, or that Tito backed out of their last PPV, but the real problem is who do they put him up against? You do not want an potential name to pull a Ryan Bader. Tito is old, slow, and tires now (whereas he use to not), but he does manage to hang in against solid opponents (Machida, Evans). I mean the odds are that someone KO’s or TKO’s him since he’s been out of fighting for too long, and he’s only getting older, but man would that suck to feed him to a lion and have Tito pull it off. Possible? Yes. Probable? Not at all.

    • jbgoins

      Bellator taking a risk??? Are you joking?? They have nothing to lose.
      That’s why bellator trills for has been UFC fighters desperate to make a name for themselves. Tito should have retires a long time ago but obviously hasn’t spent his money wisely. He’s desperate for cash and bellators desperate for ratings and headlines somewhere other than mma websites. Neither will happen.
      Tito needs to retire and bellator needs to quit trying to compere with the UFC. Both are being stupid. Titos just gonna get hurt permanently against a hungry upstart.

  • Maddawgmar

    If you didn’t want to retire off of a loss you should have quit after you beat Bader. Tito “Brett Favre” Ortiz needs to sit on his couch and talk about when he was good, cuz that is all he has left.

  • snapdad

    tito is always healthy before a fight, and then right after he blames his loss on a fractured skull, pulled hamstring, and a dislocated vagina

    • Gary Fredericks

      Beautifully written snapdad!

    • JDMMA

      lol @ dislocated vagina

  • defeated by an injury.. or 10

    why does this sap even try? he’ll train for 3 months and get injured on fight night.

  • TittiesOrtiz

    The only reason Tito didn’t pull out of the Lil Nog fight is because he thought Lil Nog would pull out first

    • Lawdog1521

      That’s what she said!

  • bostonjuddie

    I was a huge fan of Tito’s back in the day. We was great. Then his head got to big for him that he didn’t join a camp that would of made him better with training with people who would challenge him. Instead he would go up to Big Bear and train with some bums who wouldn’t really challenge him. If he went to American.Top Team or Jacksons camp I guarantee he would of done better…Him saying he is training now is a joke….Who is he training with? Hitting a heavy bag by himself…..Tito probably needs the money but he is embarrassing himself.

    • Lawdog1521

      His head isn’t just too big for him, it’s too big for everyone. He’s a human bobble head.

  • $519387

    He always says this. So what’s new???

  • Jaymo_ie

    Yawn…who cares anymore.

  • Jon Doe

    you dont fight undersized LHW anymore, you cant punch, you dont kick, you have no submission skills (other than that one fluke against Bader), everyone knows how to defend your telegraphed double leg TD, people wont lay in guard and let you elbow them. it’s a wrap Tito, give it up

  • brad king

    i think if tito got power slammed by Rampage it could spell paralysis. If he really wants a victory call out dana to have a rematch with bader!

  • JDMMA

    Tito’s been irrelevant in MMA since 2003 !!! just retire already

  • Shartnado2, the Sloppy One

    I bet Chuck Lidell would fight him. But Tito would run from that fight again.