Former UFC light-heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz, has given MMA fans many awesome memories over the years. And he promises to close out his MMA career with a bang at UFC 148, against fellow former champion Forrest Griffin.
Ortiz has flirted with retirement in the past, but he seems sincere this time around. Besides, Ortiz hasn’t exactly been impressive in the past four years – except in his submission victory over Ryan Bader, and he probably won’t be offered any more fights by the UFC if he decides to change his mind.
“It’s my final hurrah, Forrest brings the best out of me and vice-versa, and on July 7 we’re gonna get some late fireworks,” Ortiz said in an interview with ESPN. “I’ve had some major surgeries but I took the fights anyway, and I’ve shown that I’m able to compete. A lot of athletes don’t compete with injuries, but I have. Those fights with Forrest were tight, and a completion of the trilogy should be the right way to end my career.”
Ortiz won the first encounter between the two, walking way with the split-decision at UFC 59. Forrest evened things out two years later, defeating Ortiz via split-decision at UFC 106. It’s pretty clear both men match up nicely with one another, and it should lead to a pretty competitive fight at UFC 148.
Even though we probably won’t get to see Ortiz inside the Octagon after UFC 148, we might get to see him inside the ring. Ortiz plans to explore his various options after retiring from MMA, and he’s not ruling out professional wrestling.
“I’ve got a lot of options,” Ortiz added. “I’ve seen Brock Lesnar go back to the WWE, that’s something I may entertain, do some ‘theatrical entertainment’ as they call it. I’ve got my clothing company, my supplement line Punishment Nutrition, it’s business to me. I’m not going to be able to fight for the rest of my life and I want to leave on my terms.”