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Ryan Bader Calls Out Tito Ortiz While Tito Ortiz is Busy Calling Out Forrest Griffin

(In his next fight, Bader would like to face someone of great historical significance. Anybody got Kimo’s number? Pic: MMA Convert.)

Contrary to popular belief, the UFC middleweight division has not quite cornered the market on making strategically advantageous call-outs. While the world’s 185-pound fighters are lining up to let everybody know how much they’d all love to fight Michael Bisping – which is like so 2010 – their light heavyweight brethren are also making requests of UFC matchmaker Joe Silva. It seems that at least a couple of 205-pounders have been spending some time on the “Fighters” page over at UFC.com and thinking to themselves, “Let’s see here, who can I beat?”

Ryan Bader, for one, emerged this week from whatever dark room he’s been huddled in, rocking back and forth since UFC 126 to tell ESPN.com he’d very much like to fight Tito Ortiz. Cuz, why not? Sure, just a withered shell of his former self, Ortiz hasn’t won a fight since 2006, is barely clinging to his career and seemingly can’t make it to the cage without a serious back injury, cracked skull or giant laceration over his eye, but still … fighting him would mean A LOT to Bader. You know, on a personal level.
“I would want to fight Tito Ortiz,” Bader told Brett Okamoto. “Just because I grew up watching him. I want to have one of those guys on my résumé like a Randy Couture or Chuck Liddell. Purely out of respect, he’s one I’d like to fight before my career is over.”

See you guys, Bader wants to fight Ortiz purely out of respect, which is like, so nice of him. We’re sure Ortiz will put together an appropriate thank you card and maybe a gift basket as soon as he finds out about this. Too bad while Bader was talking to ESPN, Ortiz was busy going on MMA Live to do his best to try to plan his own future. Turns out, Ortiz would like to fight the current UFC employee he last beat in an MMA fight at, uh, UFC 59.

“I was on Twitter and I heard Forrest Griffin talking a bunch of smack on me,” Ortiz told Ron Kruck. “Forrest just won his fight. We’re 1-1 against each other (and) we gave the fans an exciting fight each time. (How about me) against Forrest III, the trilogy? That’d be something awesome and I think the fans would love to see it.”

OK, so Ortiz wants to fight Griffin for the fans. Right. Even Kruckie knew that was kind of a lame answer, so he asked a follow-up question that was basically, “OK Tito, but … anybody else?” To this, Ortiz responded that he’d still like to fight the recently retired Chuck Liddell or Randy Couture, who he described as “one guy who beat me who I’d like to repay.” Oddly, Ortiz didn’t mention Matt Hamill or Lyoto Machida, who beat him much more recently.

“I want to fight some guys who have big names,” Ortiz said. “I don’t want to fight guys where I’m building them (up). No more of that. Let’s fight guys with big names.”

Now, if you were reading closely, you may have noticed that Bader also mentioned Liddell (who again, is RETIRED) and the 47-year-old Couture. Like his desire to fight Ortiz, we’re 100 percent sure Bader would only welcome a fight with Couture out of of his great respect for the history of the sport.

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William Altom- March 2, 2011 at 2:35 pm
I thought Tito was done after his last loss? Guess he needs another loser purse payday.
yeehaa2k- March 2, 2011 at 12:19 am
or Rashad or Keith Jardine
yeehaa2k- March 2, 2011 at 12:16 am
Forrest has a good chin? We all saw what anderson did to him right??
FaH Q NL15- March 1, 2011 at 6:32 pm
I think we can start ranking Phil Davis much more legitimately in the LHW division after this fight wit Lil Nog. Obviously Bader was the talk of the town a month ago (b4 the Jones fight) and his win against Lil Nog wasnt all that impressive (though he did beat a Nogueira). So if Mr. Wonderful has another top notch finish or overwhelming win against lil nog... Id say he would be scrapin at top 5 in the division.
skeletor- March 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm
Crazy thing about Tito is he's been in all those fights he lost. He's not horrible just not a dominant champion anymore.
Canadian Chronic- March 1, 2011 at 5:25 pm
now this is a fight for the fans
please, please, please
NinjaVanish- March 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm
The difference is that Ortiz wants to fight a hard, legit fight against a warrior like Griffin. Bader wants to fight a washed up former champion who dropped his last 4 out of 5 (that 1 remaining being a draw.)

Bader says its out of respect, I say he is looking for the easiest fight he can get, which is kind of bitched up.
RwilsonR- March 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm
@ Get Off Me - maybe, maybe. I still think Jones rules the division for awhile. I'd like to see our explosive friend Mr. Wonderful fight some better competition before I give him a chance against Jones. Jones has destroyed wrestlers who have much better pedigrees than himself in the past, because he knows how to use wrestling for MMA. Davis has looked good, but not Jon Jones good. When Jones rag-dolled Hamill (a guy who had previously out-wrestled two NCAA champs in the Octagon) I was impressed. Bader is pretty damn good himself, but Jones just knows how to use his height, balance and strength to his advantage so well in a fight. Davis is good, but I think Jones still beats him.
Still... why can't they all take a crack at Tito. Hell, give Tito to Jon Jones just to see if his elbows can crack Tito's oversized skull.
Gladheateher- March 1, 2011 at 1:21 pm
How about Young can crusher
Or
Young and Lucky can crusher
or promote him to
Gate keeper and soon find himself Jardine`d out of the UFC.
dim mak- March 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm
Bader is still pretty young, though--his standup could develop more and his footwork might improve, so I think it's a little early to be calling him nothing more than a can crusher.
Komodo- March 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Fader?
macreadysshack- March 1, 2011 at 12:58 pm
@ PERP Hey, that's right, Hammill beat the shit out of Jones! It says so on his record!
intercept440- March 1, 2011 at 12:55 pm
@perp... i dont know if your being sarcastic wiht that its kinda hard to tell .. but hamill got the dog shit beat out of him by jones... he only one technically because of an illegal downward elbow which gave him a jenna's vagina cut on his head... but im sure you knew that..
PERPATRAITOR- March 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm
Hammill beat Jones. why isn't hammill fighting Rua!?!?! crazy!
mma samurai- March 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm
Now we see Bader for who he really is. Look back on his record closely he's just a can crusher. He either beats fighters who haven't cracked the top ten or out of their prime fighters who are on the back nine of their careers. Not to say he's a bad fighter but until Jones he hadn't fought anyone still relevant or skilled enough to push him. I'd love to see Forrest because I don't think Bader will be able to lay and pray on him and Forrest has a good chin to handle that telegraphed right hand of Bader's. Just my thoughts.
Get Off Me- March 1, 2011 at 11:51 am
@Rwilsy and Videodrome
Mr.Wonderful for $500 dollars.
I think Phil Davis will be the guy to beat Jones if Rua loses.

Bader is good and all, but he did not look great against Lil Nog and with all his fancy wrestling pedigree, ended up being man handled by Jones.

I hope to see Davis vs. Jones inside 2011, this is the fight at LHW for me.
Videodrome_NOW- March 1, 2011 at 11:16 am
@Rwils

Word.
RwilsonR- March 1, 2011 at 10:56 am
"Can’t figure this out from a business perspective….go from getting demolished by Jones, to going all the way down the ladder to call out Tito??"
 
Do we really need a reason to want to watch Tito get the shit beat out of him?
danomite- March 1, 2011 at 10:54 am
why don't we just cut out the middle-man. Bader can fight Forrest and Tito can just get some kind of surgery.
Videodrome_NOW- March 1, 2011 at 10:45 am
Inside MMA is a different show than MMA Live. One has Bas and the other Has a black deer in the headlights. Just sayin.
Morningwood- March 1, 2011 at 10:43 am
I think during the Jones fight. Bader was actually thinking, "man if this was Tito this shit wouldn't be happening right now."

Can't figure this out from a business perspective....go from getting demolished by Jones, to going all the way down the ladder to call out Tito??

go from main event to being an undercard on the TUF finale???? Well at least we can see it for free on ION!!
skeletor- March 1, 2011 at 10:37 am
Bader is just just trying to get some confidence back, I think him and Franklin makes more sense. Tito and Randy will be a good fight when Machida knocks Randy down a peg. Then he can finally retire on a high note.... or at lest a win.
noizy- March 1, 2011 at 10:37 am
Aim higher Bader. No one is going to be impressed by anyone beating Ortiz.
youenjoyzedella- March 1, 2011 at 10:36 am
Going from a fight to determine the number one contender to calling out a guy who hasn't won in almost 5 years... Way to go Bader...
RwilsonR- March 1, 2011 at 10:35 am
Give this fight to Bader. It would be great to watch him absolutely destroy Tito. I see no way Tito wins this one. I know this may be an unsupportable opinion, but I think Bader may end up being the best LHW in the world who is not named Jon Jones.
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