With his impressive victory over Ryan Bader at UFC 132, MMA veteran Tito Ortiz’ job in the promotion is definitely safe. Tito has struggled inside the Octagon in the past few years, losing four of his last five MMA fights leading up to UFC 132.
Going into the UFC 132 fight between the two MMA fighters, Ortiz was clearly the underdog. In only a few minutes, Tito ended Bader’s night early, finishing him off with a guillotine choke. Even UFC president Dana White (not the biggest Tito Ortiz fan in the world), was impressed by the 36 year old MMA fighter’s performance.
“Everybody knew that Tito had to win tonight to stay in the UFC,” White said at the post-fight conference. “And he did it. Not only did he win the fight, he won the fight impressively. You know, dropping the younger, stronger and who many people thought had better hands (fighter). Dropping Bader and then submitting him.”
Tito definitely deserves another tough matchup in his next Octagon appearance. Given his entire body of work as an MMA fighter, a fight against a top contender would be the only appropriate matchup. Tito definitely believes he has the skills to once again rule the light-heavyweight division, and Randy Couture has taught us all that age is just a number.
“I want to fight the top guys,” Ortiz said. “I want to fight guys with big names. I want to give the fans what they want to see. Tonight, I made a stepping stone out of Ryan Bader, and he said he was going to make a stepping stone out of me. You aren’t going to step on this.”