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Is Tito Ortiz Losing His Grasp on Reality?

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There are few things Tito Ortiz likes better than talking about himself. All you have to do is ask and he’ll tell you all about his tremendous impact on the sport, his extraordinary ability, his legendary cardio — he’ll even start referring to himself in the third person if you’re lucky, which is a classic move for any egomaniac, just ask Rickey Henderson.

But lately Ortiz’s rhetoric seems to be outlandish even by his standards. First there was the “I feel like a slave” remark. Then he told MMA Mania that Georges St. Pierre was “very disgusted” with the UFC, which is kind of uncool if St. Pierre didn’t want that to be made public. But in a recent interview with MMA Madness things got weirder still when Ortiz began talking about his troubles with the UFC and his future outside the organization:

MMA Madness: Have your fans stayed loyal with your impending UFC retirement or have you seen some drop off the bandwagon?

Tito Ortiz: Actually, I’ve seen my fan base increase. They’ve seen the true colors of Dana and they’ve seen that I’m not the only one saying something. Many fighters – Randy [Couture], Tim [Sylvia] – are talking about what Dana has been doing. Fans want to support me no matter where I go.

MMA Madness: Which organizations are you interested in?

Tito Ortiz: Definitely EliteXC. Affliction seems to be building up well. And they just started with DREAM in Japan. Any organization that will respect me and promote me as the champion that I am.

I’m sorry, did he say champion? Of what?

Don’t get me wrong, Ortiz was a great fighter who really helped the UFC through some difficult times. He takes the sport seriously, seems to be a surprisingly successful businessman, and has an uncanny ability to remain relevant in this sport. But a champion he is not.

That’s no criticism of his skills, it’s just a statement of fact. He does not currently hold a championship title in any organization. If he means former champion, fine, he is that. If he’s trying to use the word “champion” as some kind of synonym for “really good” — the way you might refer to your college buddy Moose as a “champion” beer-pong player — fair enough, I’ll even go along with that. But that’s a dangerous game to start playing, for obvious reasons. Next thing you know half the light heavyweight division is referring to themselves as champions and demanding to be treated as such.

Later in the interview, when Ortiz was asked about possible fights once he leaves the UFC, he showed how he’s managed to remain a marketable fighter for as long as he has:

I think Renato “Babalu” Sobral would be a great fight for me and I still think he’s at the top of his game. Frank Shamrock is obviously a fight that people would love to see. You know, I would even move up in weight and take on Kimbo Slice or Fedor Emelianenko.

Ortiz in a rematch with Frank Shamrock would definitely be interesting, and one can only imagine the hypefest leading up to a Ortiz-Kimbo fight. But I’m sorry, Tito, you lost me at Fedor. How about focusing on getting back in the win column first, then taking it one fight at a time after that.


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jimsim- May 16, 2008 at 3:36 am
what does jenna have to do with any thing. i hear envy,jealousness,and stupidity. if your lucky maybe Tito will let you smell his dick, if you promise not to suck it !
Le SteAKhAmmER- May 13, 2008 at 3:47 pm
Griffin would retire that fat headed fucker in a heartbeat!.
L Grant- May 13, 2008 at 2:22 pm
From the MMA Madness Interview regarding Punishment Athletics:

"We have some great jerseys and everything is very high quality. It's made to last forever. The fight shorts are triple stitched. Nothing tears or shreds. It's got my 100% guarantee on it."

Ha! Tito's 100% guarantee. Jeez, I wonder if he's putting that guarantee on his win?
Anonymous- May 13, 2008 at 2:15 pm
Haha cant wait to hear the icemans reaction to kimbo and fedor being classed in the same group
Vrax- May 13, 2008 at 12:23 pm
I about fell off my chair laughing at Tito trying to hock Mickey's. "That is one of my Malt Liquors of choice".
MKXii- May 13, 2008 at 11:25 am
Tito won't have to fight Kimbo, all Thompson has to do is the opposite of his Aleksander fight and Kimbo will start facing chumps again.
Realistic- May 13, 2008 at 10:17 am
I am CERTAINLY no Kimbo fan, but Tito does not really want any part of that. I am one of those who truly believes Kimbo would be exposed if he fought a high level fighter, but Tito would get his lunch eaten. Having said that, I'd pay $500 for the PPV to see it happen!
dandaman- May 13, 2008 at 5:50 am
the handlebar mustache, the metamorphosis has been completed. Tito Ortiz has achieved the highest level of douchedom.
tim sylvia's pussy- May 13, 2008 at 4:35 am
is it just me, or does jenna keep getting less and less hott everytime u see her?
dugmouth- May 13, 2008 at 3:52 am
tito is so out of the fight game he thinks that he's a champ. wow, good luck with that. He can talk all the trash that he wants, but the truth is that they're 2 falling stars that hooked on to each other, thinking that the other wasn't gonna die in the public's eye. (sorry about the rhyme, it was intentional) Tito I wish you luck wherever you end......hahaha, i'm sorry i cant do it. Tito you've wasted too much of my time with all your crappy fights and now my ramen noodles are gettin over cooked. Rot in obscurity, you douche!
mma pro- May 13, 2008 at 2:10 am
rofl @ kimbo its funny all these people on kimbos nuts, he hasnt done shit, he hasnt beat anyone, and the first time he steps in a cage with a top 10 fighter he will get smashed. just like when he fought gannon, all you fool on his sack should watch that video again, so what if he is trained by bas, he will never do what bas has done
Rumbler- May 13, 2008 at 1:43 am
I just heard that "Jenito" will be on "A Shot At Love 3 With Tila Tequila " Ha! Good luck adding her to your gay celeb name. "champ".
Bunk- May 13, 2008 at 1:29 am
Dam Jenna you look fine in the black suit...
operator- May 13, 2008 at 1:05 am
He does seem to be going for a 70's porn star look Jenna must be grooming him. He is a champion of selling tickets by building hype with his big mouth and making excuses for his poor performances right after he fights but that is about it. He hasn't backed up the talk in a while and if he loses to Machida I think people might start realizing that. He said he hasn't been healthy since he came back so I guess we'll see.
Jones- May 13, 2008 at 12:47 am
LOL at him thinking he can take on Fedor
ULTIMATE BADASS- May 13, 2008 at 12:20 am
oops, i meant, I hope tito wins
ULTIMATE BADASS- May 13, 2008 at 12:19 am
Turd Ferguson- May 13, 2008 at 12:08 am
Is it just me or is the longer Tito is with Jenna he looks more like a drugged out porn star?

that bowel movement looks stoned out of his mind.
Anonymous- May 12, 2008 at 11:31 pm
I thought this fool was dead... Is he still alive?
Friendo- May 12, 2008 at 11:30 pm
Tito would likely stomp kimbo. Titos not the dominate force he once was but still way above any competition kimbo has yet faced.
maud- May 12, 2008 at 11:10 pm
ooooo kimbo vs tito!!!!!
cpanger- May 12, 2008 at 11:04 pm
with a dirty sanchez moustache like that, it'd be more suiting if Jenna Jameson was a 14 year old girl.
Yoko Couture- May 12, 2008 at 10:49 pm
Also from that same interview from MMAMadness was this gem from Tito:

"I'm one of the greatest of all time. I had big battles with Randy [Couture] and Chuck [Liddell , I thought I beat Rashad [Evans], and I beat Forrest [Griffin] who is now a top contender."

Note to Tito - when speaking of yourself as one of the greatest of all time you might want to reference fights you actually won. You did have a fight with Couture, and I remember you getting spanked (literally). Yeah, you had a couple of big battles with Liddell. How did those turn out for you Tito?

In fact, the only winning performance he used as an example of him being one of the greatest of all time was against Forrest Griffin, and it was far from a convincing victory. And that was a different Forrest from a different time, and I think Griffin would take Tito in a rematch today.

Tito needs to get back to reality. The only upside to any of those fights he mentioned would be when Babalu beats Tito senseless I'm sure Dana will forgive that whole David Heath choke thing, and bring Babalu back to the UFC.
pphhhh- May 12, 2008 at 10:48 pm
you are looking into it way too deep. i think he was using 'champion' as a general descriptive term. like when people say 'im the best' they obviously arent the best. he was a good fighter. just let it go.
rocky- May 12, 2008 at 9:53 pm
kimbo would drink ortiz's milkshake, and then beat that hag jenna jameson to an even uglier pulp