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Doctor Confirms That Tito Ortiz Is a F*cking Idiot

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("I know, I know…he just seemed so *real*, that’s all.")

After going on Inside MMA to claim that deaf people are easier to knock out because of their soft heads and poor "equilibium" [sic], Tito Ortiz recently took to his Twitter page to offer this retraction:

"I want to apologize to the deaf community for the remarks I made about Matt [Hamill] it was uncalled for. He is a good fighter and I was out of line."

An apology certainly helps, but to fully settle this matter, MMA Junkie enlisted their medical columnist Dr. Johnny Benjamin to answer the question once and for all. And man, Dr. Johnny didn’t spare anybody’s feelings. Here’s what he had to say:

"This is a difficult question to answer – not because it has any basis in fact but because it is difficult to stay professional and not attack the character of a person who makes such ignorant statements.

So in fairness, I viewed the ‘Inside MMA’ show in question (it debuted on Aug. 6) to appreciate and evaluate Mr. Ortiz’s comments for myself.

‘He’s been babied his whole life coming from being deaf, of course, and he’s going to be babied after I knock him out,’ Ortiz said. ‘He’s slow. He’s like a big slow ox. I’m going to pick him apart, and I know his corner really can’t tell him what to do and show him the mistakes he does…He’s deaf, so he has a soft head.’

That prompted someone, apparently host Kenny Rice, to react in astonishment. But Ortiz continued.

‘You people don’t know this,’ he said. ‘Watch how (Rich) Franklin knocked him out quick. You hit them (deaf fighters) with soft shots because (with) their equilibrium, they don’t have no equilibrium.’

Wow. One of the problems with the First Amendment’s right to ‘free speech’ is that it also protects the statements of fools.

Deafness, equilibrium and concussions (knockouts) have little, if any, significant relationship. Deafness is a loss of hearing, not balance. The inner ear has some function in both hearing and equilibrium, but they are very separate issues.

Furthermore, what any of this has to do with an athlete’s ability to withstand a blow to the head is difficult to understand. Concussions are an issue involving brain function and not the inner ear and/or vestibular apparatus.

There is not a shred of reputable medical literature that even suggests that deaf athletes are more susceptible to concussions than any other athlete.

I will not waste a great deal of your time discussing this non-issue, and I was pleased to hear that Ortiz realized the stupidity of his comments and later apologized via Twitter.

‘Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.’ – Author unknown, attributed to Mark Twain


On the bright side, Tito’s embarassing comments (and the resulting fallout) are the only things that are drawing any heat whatsoever to his UFC 121 fight with Hamill. You still got it, champ!

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KarmaAteMyCat- October 22, 2010 at 9:21 am
Tito Ortiz is our Kurt Angle, He Wrestles with a broken Freakin Neck for crying out loud. and we Can't forget the three I's

Intolerance, and
jeanclaudetransam- October 22, 2010 at 9:20 am
Tito, let me tell you how you're feeling right now!
DangadaDang- October 22, 2010 at 8:50 am
Tito Ortiz is to intelligence as The Human Centipede is to successful surgery.
KINGMADE- October 22, 2010 at 12:22 am
El Famous up there deserves a fucking T shirt. I don't think I have seen a funnier comment on this site.
KINGMADE- October 22, 2010 at 12:19 am
Early in life Tito silently reached out to shake Ray Charles's hand. True story.
KarmaAteMyCat- October 21, 2010 at 8:29 pm
Yah Jacob Christopher(Tito Ortiz) is kind of douchebag and by kinda I mean a big old waste basket full of douche.
fatbellyfrank- October 21, 2010 at 8:28 pm
@ Karma, yeah, my sister is deaf, has been since Birth, cant see how anyone can call it a disability, she used to use it to her advantage when Mum was asking for kids to do the chores, and I reckon my sister could kick Tito's ass for him if she felt like it.
He is such a fucken idiot
KarmaAteMyCat- October 21, 2010 at 8:23 pm
Joe Rogan: Tito err.. Jacob Christopher you just suffered another broken neck and your Fifth loss slash draw in a row how are you feeling about this?

Tito: Herp derp herp


Joe Rogan : Matt you just defeated Tito Ortiz how do you feel?

Matt: He had a really soft head *cackles with joy* His neck made a weird crunching sound when I dropped him on his soft head *cackles with joy* whats a soft head even mean?
fatbellyfrank- October 21, 2010 at 7:28 pm
He is offensively stupid, jsut a complete fucken ass clown
fatbellyfrank- October 21, 2010 at 7:26 pm
@ Seoul Brother, he'd probably kill anything he was spread over
Seoul Brother- October 21, 2010 at 7:20 pm
@KarmaAteMyCat: Very well said, dude. Tito is a fucking waste of carbon. He'd do this world more benefit being fed into a wood chipper and used as fertilizer.
KarmaAteMyCat- October 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm
Okay I went to RIT- Rochester Institute of Technology which has another school inside of it NTID - National Technical institute for the deaf, one of the largest schools for the deaf community I focused in ASL- American Sign Language. I remember watching Matt wrestle I also dated a couple deaf girls and have many deaf friends. The fact that anyone would insinuate that being deaf is a disability is absurd and actually slander sense it has been removed from the List of recognized disabilities by our Country not to mention that they live normal lives just like us. Being deaf does not make you retarded, it does not cause you to have any less of an equilibrium. For anyone to bash him is clearly out of line even for Tito Ortiz I was ALMOST BLOWN AWAY when I first watched it. I continue to become more astonished by some of the statements people are making. I cannot wait for Matt to break Tito's neck "Again". so anyway carry on with the Shenanigans but remember Being Deaf is not a legal Disability(or the CSAC and Company wouldn't allow Matt to compete) Good day.
Jesus Frijoles- October 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm
For once having a hearing problem is a blessing, I can take out my hearing aid whenever Tito starts talking. Jealous fuckers?
divinryan- October 21, 2010 at 6:16 pm
The whole point of the First Amendment is to protect individuals whose speech the majority regards as "stupid." Absent limiting principles that protect expression individual liberty is perilously subject to majority rule. The freedom to be an idiot is fundamental to individual liberty, and there is no natural or legal right not to be offended.
Seoul Brother- October 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm
Someone should make a Tito pinata.
k-onda- October 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm
Who you gonna believe, some intelligent "expert" who's probably spent his whole life saying smart things? Or a "bad boy" who has a hugeormous melon on his shoulders?
fatbellyfrank- October 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm
El Famous wins the interwebs, I fucken rofl'ed big time, nice one
cecils_pupils- October 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm
Nice - Seoul Brother picked right up on that Slick Rick track.

And, yeah, El Famous Burrito strikes again. ZZZZZING!
djp1988- October 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm
Tito couldn't even fucking knock Jenna out, he doesn't stand a chance against Hammil.
the glza- October 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm
yeah, El Famous -- quit bein so damn funny, people are trying to sleep!
the glza- October 21, 2010 at 4:18 pm
"'Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.' – Author unknown, attributed to Mark Twain"

i believe it was Jay-Z
Seoul Brother- October 21, 2010 at 4:15 pm
@cecils_pupils: La-di-da-di, we likes to party. We keeps to ourselves and we don't bother nobody....
cecils_pupils- October 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm
I said, "don't cry, dry, your eyes
Here comes your mother with those two little guys"
Her mean mother steps and says to me "hi!"
Hit sally in the face and punched her in the eye
Kicked her in the belly, and stepped on her feet
Slammed the child on the hard concrete
The bitch was strong, the kids was gone
Something was wrong I said what was going on?
vaicavalo- October 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm
The best thing Hammil can do is not listen it
MoTropolis- October 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm
@Seoul Brother

That MK reference made me feel something.