The “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz had a lot to say in the first installment of his new ESPN blog. The former UFC light-heavyweight champion wrote about a few of his past MMA fights on the blog, making a case for himself as a true great of the sport.
Tito also had a few things to say about his most recent fight at UFC 121 against his former “Ultimate Fighter” student Matt Hamill.
“My last fight, against Matt Hamill in October, I lost.” Tito explained. “It was totally my bad; I didn’t prepare for his takedowns because I didn’t think he’d be able to take me down. Real dumb, my bad, and I am still pissed at myself.”
Tito also took a shot at his long time rival Chuck Liddell, using him as an example of an MMA fighter that stayed past his prime.
“I am not getting dominated.” Tito wrote. “I’m not getting knocked out like Liddell was late in his career. I am still competitive with the very best guys in the division and haven’t taken a step down in competition since the day I lost my belt in 2003.”
Tito definitely seems confident he’ll be able to get past Ryan Bader at UFC 132, scheduled for July 2nd. Bader is coming off the first loss of his MMA career, losing to UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones in a number one contender match. Bader will be a tough opponent for Ortiz, who is currently on a three fight losing streak. Ortiz understands he desperately needs a win if he wants to stay on the UFC’s roster, and MMA’s original bad boy plans to bring his very best.
“I’m the Last of the Mohicans.” Tito continued. “Out of the fighters who helped build the UFC from what it was in the 1990s to what it is now in 2011, they’re all gone except for me. Chuck Liddell has retired; Randy Couture has retired. I’m the last man standing, and now everyone thinks Ryan Bader is going to put me down, too. I don’t want to go. I’m not going to go. I am going to push the pace and win this fight July 2. My back is right against wall. I’m coming out swinging.”