Former light-heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz, couldn’t be any more excited about his final showdown against Forrest Griffin at UFC 148, and he plans to finish off his MMA career in style.
“I’m excited for the fight,” Ortiz said during a recent appearance on MMAWeekly Radio. “Forrest is a tough guy and I know he’s training really hard. I just heard a little thing saying that if he loses to me he’s going to retire. Well, it looks like he better put on his retirement shoes cause it’s going to be an exciting fight and I plan on having my hand raised.”
Ortiz will be inducted into the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Hall of Fame at UFC 148, so motivation shouldn’t be a problem for him. He certainly matches up well against Griffin – considering how close the earlier bouts between the two were. And I expect another close fight between the two at UFC 148.
Tito Ortiz has struggled inside the Octagon since 2006, winning only one of his eight fights. In Tito’s defense, most of his opponents have been the top guys in the division, but retiring now does seem like a good idea. Regardless of what happens at UFC 148, Ortiz is pretty sure it’ll be his last time inside the Octagon.
“I don’t want to do that,” Ortiz said when asked about the possibility of a comeback. “I don’t want to overstay my welcome. I want to leave on my own terms. If I blast through Forrest, and get it over quick, there’s always going to be that guess, like yeah I still have it, but people got to understand it’s not the fight I prepare for. It’s the training I prepare for. It’s the grueling six days a week, 5 or 6 hours a day, of over and over getting up every day and going, ‘Oh god, what am I doing to my body. I’m hurting, my legs hurt, my neck hurts.’ It’s a mental strain on you. … I think it’s time to move onto a different chapter of my life.”
Damon Martin, “Tito Ortiz: Maybe Forrest Griffin Should Retire Too”