Tito Ortiz to Jon Jones: Don’t Disrespect Me

September 8, 2012
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Tito Ortiz at the UFC 148 press conferenceUFC Hall of Famer and former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz is a fan of current light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones, but took offense to recent comments Jones made about him in an interview.

Ortiz gave his side of the story to MMAWeekly.com concerning Jones’ recent statements about him and Jones’ role in the cancellation of UFC 151.

“The situation happened with UFC 151.  He was supposed to fight Dan Henderson.  He gets hurt a week before the fight. (The UFC) said you’re going to fight Chael (Sonnen).  He said, no way, and he got a bunch of flack for it.  All the fighters said he wasn’t a true fighter and no one has ever done this before.  It’s crazy.  I thought it was crazy and I stood up for the kid,” said Ortiz.

“I like Jon Jones.  I think he’s a great champion.  I think he’s a great guy.  I’ve hung out with him in Vegas, and I really took a liking to the kid. All of a sudden, I heard an interview from him saying people need to stop comparing me to Tito Ortiz because I don’t talk about money.  That was like a stab in my back.  I was like, I stood up for you.  When no one else did, I stood up for you and you turn around and say something like that,” Ortiz stated.

While Ortiz was originally supportive of Jones’ decision to decline a short-notice fight with Sonnen, his opinion has changed slightly.

“Dana said it best himself.  He’s never had this happen from a fighter before where he pulled out of a fight.  I never did in my career.  I fought guys no matter what.  It was about what I was worth, not talking about money because I didn’t have a manager.  I was the guy taking the flack for it,” said the former champion.

The angered Ortiz believes instead of criticizing him, Jones should be praising him for laying the foundation for fighters to apply leverage at the negotiating table with the UFC brass.

“You’ve got to understand.  When you’re traveling around in your Bentley – I don’t know if he still has it anymore since he wrecked it into a tree – but when you’re traveling around in your Bentley, you’ve got to understand.  I’m a person who put their life on the line and my career and my image and my name on the line to battle for you to have the type of contract you have and the money you’re making,” said the UFC Hall of Famer.  “If it weren’t for the things I’ve battle for, and took the bad image for it, you’d be traveling around in a Toyota right now.

“I took a lot of flack for negotiating and battling for what I believed in,” continued Ortiz. “It wasn’t a factor of talking about money.  It was a factor of what I thought I was worth. I was trying to raise the bar for all fighters, and I think I’ve done that.  For him to say the things he’s saying, don’t disrespect me like that.”

At the end of the day, Ortiz is still a fan of Jon Jones, but didn’t take kindly to the comments Jones has made.

“I was just disappointed, very, very disappointed with Jon. Maybe the stardom is getting to his head.  Like I said, I took a liking to Jon Jones, but I was just really disappointed with that interview.   That’s all I’ve got to say about that.”

For more, listen to MMAWeekly.com’s exclusive extended audio interview with Tito Ortiz.

  • maddawgmar

    “Jon Jones your not my friend anymore, you can’t come to my birthday.”

    Geez, for tough guys that can fight. They sure are cry babies.

  • oswaldcobblepott

    Ortiz has a point Jones drives a half million dollar car and wrecks while getting a bjj then still tries to act all holy and humble…what a fraud!

    • First off the Bentley is a $250,000 car…and who wouldn’t want to be able to say they crashed a Bentley while getting some road head!!

  • adam1848

    Is the sport really in such a lull that this qualifies as news? seriously?

    • pooby

      That appears to be the case. It seems like forever since the last UFC, and it seems that anyone that has anything to say about Jones and the UFC 151 cancellation is getting a page on mmaweekly.

      But, this article gives me a little more respect for Ortiz, a little less for Jones.

    • Well hey it’s working. You along with many others have read this article and are now commenting on it. The only news I don’t want to hear is “INJURY”

  • mike


    • jon “CHICKEN BONES” jones “No, I don’t want to fight him, I’m not ready for that, I didn’t train for that, greg jackson told me so”

    • MikeMc1983

      Well, he’s already made history. In a few different ways in fact. However the last few ways were not so good.

      Question to all, was jones the first UFC title holder to get a DUI as champion?

      I’m not sure if that’s part of his “Making History.”

  • pauly12

    Hasn’t Ortiz pulled out of a more than one fight?

    • yes, how many times did he pull out or refused to fight Liddell? check out my comment below.

  • Jones is a kid who 3 years ago didn’t know how he was going to provide for his wife and kid…now he’s a multi millionaire. Of course he’s going to have a big head…does he deserve the hype…sure he does he’s a great fighter and has pretty much walked through every opponent put in front of him.

    Guys like this are given carte blance to do pretty much whatever they want and they keep going until it blows up in their face. How many great boxers have had a meteoric rise then the second things get rough they are never heard from again. Also basketball players, think Alan Iverson…made millions from endorsements and playing, but the guy is ass out right now. I would be willing to bet that if Jones hits a rough patch in his career, good ‘ol Greg Jackson will move on to the next big thing in his camp just like he did to Rashad Evans.

    Either way…I think Tito is running his mouth to stay relevant. He just started a new management company and he wants everyone to know it. Like maddawgmar for a bunch of tough guys they sure can’t take a simple insult very well!! You would think with who Tito married he should be pretty thick skinned already!!

  • WarriorScholar

    Tito retired with a an almost even win-loss record,all his wins were against Ken Shamrock.

  • johnnylopes

    Jones is a punk.. and when he loses his Nike deal and starts ******* **** again for pennies you guys will look dumb…. Tito has more haters then anyone and thats what you guys are…. Tito is a Hall of Famer… not going broke… so when Jones goes bankrupt in few years cuz he lost his touch will see whos the jones haters… Titos fought all his fights in the UFC jones got a free ride to the title… Jones did not fight nor finish a top 5 fighter or contender or former champ and got a shot… but you guys will prob hop on his **** like a buncha other no knowlegde MMA fans… *******

    • WhyFourJay

      For the record, I agree that Bones is a punk and a fake. But your hate for Bones has made you blind. If YOU had ANY knowledge for MMA you’d know that despite the fact that Bones is a punk, he still is AMAZING when looking at it fighter wise. Was he rushed to the title? He could have been.. But the fact is, he has PROVED to be a worthy champion and is easily top 3 p4p fighter in the world. He has beat Rashad, Rampage, Shogun, Lyoto, and finished THREE of those 4. He pretty much is undefeated minus the stupid DQ he did even tho he was TORTURING Matt. Punk or not, Bones is legit and has proved it. You need to sharpen your MMA knowledge..

      • WhyFourJay your totally right on here. Unfortuneatly the majority of MMA fans mix their own, usually uneducated, opinions in to their “factual” statements. Someones attitude and their skill set are 2 totally different things…how much junk did everyone talk about Tito when he was younger…he probably had more haters than Jones does now!!

  • joeyjoejoejrshabidu

    Jones shouldn’t be saying bad stuff about Tito and moeny. He should be thanking him because Tito (and Randy) is the main reason Jones is making the money he is.

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  • GiovanniB

    Hold it right there Tito (male version of a titie)…What’s wrong with a Toyota. A Toyota will last you longer than a Bentley and it’s cheaper to maintain and it’s a great car, so your comment only confirms what Jones said, “YOUR ALL ABOUT MONEY YOU MATERIALISTIC FOOL!!!” A Toyota can put in more miles than your porn wife Jenna ever will (no matter how many porn movies she makes), so back off Toyota’s LOL MORON!

    • atmosphere

      wow, way to take things so literal

    • What…… a handi-tard

  • Didn’t Tito wreck his Rolls Royce a few years back?? Pot, kettle, black…

  • fightfankevin

    ive never been a Tito fan, never will be. but he has a heck of a point here. Tito drew more money than pretty much anyone else in his time. His premium was usually much higher than anyone else and he would often take public beatings for it. He definantly paved the way for modern fighters in pay, so i see his point as a jab jones threw at him.

  • KBEsq

    I think we’re all missing the bigger picture here…Tito Ortiz actually did an interview where he didn’t mention the following in a continuous loop:

    – Back surgery
    – Neck surgery
    – Warrior
    – 110%
    – All my heart
    – 20 years
    – Heart on my sleeve
    – Put it all in the cage

    • dgs

      LOL!! I had to stop and think for a moment about the previous Ortiz interviews I’ve read/seen, and yep, you nailed his favorite phrases.

      This is a great post, but I’m not sure anyone else gets the joke.

      • JesseShredderMalloy

        I do!!! hahahahaha

    • MuayThaiFood

      Yeah, but this has to be only a small portion of the whole interview. I’m sure Tito went on for another 45 min. and mentioned every one of those things over and over again. This guy is clinically insecure.

  • markronin

    Ortiz is so hypersensitive. He’s like a little girl, his opinions and friendships completely change depending on his emotional state.

    He’s such an egomaniac, he thinks all young fighters owe their livelihood to him, what a joke.

  • triangle choke

    Jon Jones is turning to “the dark side of the force”. I guess that makes Greg Jackson “the Emperor”.

  • T876543

    I agree with Tito. Without fighters like himself, Tank Abbott, Phil Baroni, Ken Shamrock, etc!, there would be no good versus evil rivalries. I would have bought less PPVs had it not been for the Titos..
    Jon Jones is way out of line. He is blessed to be coming up where the salaries are pretty good.
    I guarantee when Jon Jones is 45 years old, he is gonna be looking for the same respect from the new generation. By then, the top fighters will be making 10x his salary now and some young punk will think he gets paid that cause he is just so good without a thought that the ones before him paved the way…..Karma will get him then!
    Jon Jones doesn’t realize that if it weren’t for a few select big names who fought for dirt when the UFC went off PPV tv, there probably would have been no UFC at all….I am almost positive that the war between Tito and Frank was not televised. One of the best fights!

  • amandamartinez

    I saw the tito /frank fight, tito ended up in fetal position exhausted. As for JJ, most of the people he’s beat are either overrated or are in the tail end of a career. When we see a legit LHW fighter challenge JJ we will see him fail. Machida has no ground game, Page and Shogun have had way too many wars and are zombies. Rashad is ok and JJ couldnt finish him. Silva would murder JJ and so would Junior. I wonder how such a SMART fighter can manage a dui at 24? Fake, overrated, future ex champ.

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  • charliefrancois

    c’mon Tito you just jabbed back at him about his bentley. Don’t go there. Why don’t you pick up the phone and find out for a fact what he meant and let’s be honest. You ALWAYS talked about money.

    And yeah you accepted all fights, okay that’s cool. But I bet you didn’t accept a fight from someone who just got their ass kicked and wasn’t deserving of even your time of day…..

  • Tito is full of ****! said he would fight guys no matter what and he never pulled out of a fight. WRONG! he refused to fight Chuck Liddell and got stripped of the light heavyweight belt. and on The Ultimate Fighter, when him and chuck were the coaches, he waited until the next to the last episode to say that he injured his neck (which was bs!) and had to leave the show. so, obviously, he was fired from the show, pulled out of the fght, and didn’t fight chuck AGAIN! he knew he would lose to chuck. Also, on the show Bad Blood: Liddell & Ortiz on the Fuel channel, Tito said himself the he thought him and chuck would wait to fight until they would be paid large sums of money, but chuck wanted to fight, but Tito didn’t want to lose his title. and Dana said the same thing on that show. he took flack because he refused to fight chuck unless he would make alot of bank. It all leads back to Chuck Liddell. Tito says its not about the money, but in the next breath he says he opened up the door for fighters the make the money they do. and lastly, he says he didn’t have a manager, but in the beginning, before Dana White was the UFC President, he was both Chuck and Tito’s manager. watch Bad Blood: Liddell & Ortiz on the Fuel channel, you’ll see the real Tito and the real stories.

    • JesseShredderMalloy

      It may have been the second to last episode of TUF, but those are recorded months in advance

      • JesseShredderMalloy

        to the fights that is