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Tito Ortiz Begged UFC For One More Shot After They Suggested Retirement Following UFC 121 Loss to Matt Hamill

(The exact moment Tito’s fighting career jumped the shark.)

It’s amazing that with the UFC’s longtime policy of cutting fighters who lose three fights in a row, that Tito Ortiz, who is 0-3-1 in his past four fights hasn’t been fired yet. One would assume that “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was being kept around because of his past merits and pay-per-view sales, but apparently his job isn’t as secure as we assumed.

According to Ortiz, the UFC was ready to let him go after his UFC 121 loss to Matt Hamill, but instead urged the former UFC light heavyweight champion to follow in the footsteps of longtime nemesis Chuck Liddell and retire to save them the trouble of sending him to the unemployment line. Tito says he basically begged Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta for one more kick at the cat and they begrudgingly agreed, throwing him in against a young lion in Ryan Bader at UFC 132.

“Dana White and Joe Silva [the UFC's matchmaker] told me they wanted me to retire, but I knew I still had the fight inside me.  I pretty much begged for my job, to show how much I want to fight, but I still have it in my heart to compete, to fight,” he told the UK Telegraph. I told them I want to still fight against the top guys, I want to put on a show. I’ve just turned 36, but when they put me against the top guys, I think I can still compete.”

Ortiz feels that his record, that hasn’t seen a win added to the win column in nearly five years is deceiving, because he came close to winning against a few of the guys who beat him the past few years.

“Too bad people don’t pay attention to the major details. I’ve competed against the top guys and gone on to win world championships. I’m not getting submitted or knocked out…I’m making little mistakes where I should be submitting guys. I thought I beat Forrest Griffin 2 to 1 the second time.  But it was what it was.”

Unfortunately for Ortiz, close only matters when you’re talking horseshoes, curling or hand grenades and this is fighting where constantly telling people you could have won your fights or that you were robbed makes you look like an excuse maker. He recalls that when he lost the fight to Hamill and he received the call to retire from the UFC he figured he would be seeing Ashton Kutcher burst through the door a moment later, but then reality set in that it was no joke.

“The UFC called me after that fight and said ‘we want you to retire’. I was shocked, I thought they were kidding around. I took it as they didn’t want to pay me, to give me what I’m worth. I’m competing against the top guys and I’m not getting dominated. So, next month, I’ll be fighting one of the top guys in the world again, ranked in the top 3, and I’m going to show how much I’m really worth.”

So if he gets manhandled by Bader like he did by Hamill, does that mean the UFC can give him a Costco gift certificate and a can of Xyience?



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fingerssfv- June 22, 2011 at 9:05 pm
He has gone up against top guys, but he has lost. Sure, he lost close ones, but each round he lost, those are still losses. He hasn't been KO''d or subbed, of course, but we all heard the saying: "don't leave it in the hands of the judges." If he can't win, who's going to want to continue watching him fight? The kids? Let's hope he has a better showing than how it's been lately.
flyingogoplata- June 22, 2011 at 5:58 am
"I have seen pictures of an Alaskan pipeline, the angry dragon, a ketchup popsicle, the Alabama bootycall, the blumpky, the rusty trombone, but the photo is utterly sickening."

@vivahate - sounds like one helluva a weird family Christmas bro
Gladheateher- June 22, 2011 at 3:10 am
Well I hate Bader so badly. I hope Tito can pull out the victory and do that god awful walk off dance where he simulates digging a hole for his opponent.
Jawbreaker_46- June 21, 2011 at 10:50 pm
Just being good enough not to get finished, just isn't good enough.
tpark- June 21, 2011 at 9:55 pm
I got 20 types of STD's just looking at this. Tito must be loaded!... with sperm!

And also the STD's
Ballkick- June 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm
All I really care about is,...if Tito loses,....he's done,.....right?
RSparrow- June 21, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Holy shit, I think you're right. She's definitely giving a domer
sakurabasear- June 21, 2011 at 8:07 pm
pardon me while I puke.
Gladheateher- June 21, 2011 at 2:29 pm
The guy cant win a fight. In all reality though he isnt getting dominated. Most fighters that face Tito edge out a victory, including Lyoto "Daniel son" Machieda.
Tito; Over paid, under preforming, lacking heart. FUCK yes!
However I still think he can compete and get entertaining victories at the lower levels of this "boring era" in the LHW div.
Richard Fitzentite- June 21, 2011 at 2:17 pm
I'm gonna go ahead and assume that Tito is fabricating the story a little bit. "We want you to retire" is not the same as "We won't give you another fight, so get the fuck out of here." I have a hard time believing that the UFC would care if Tito embarassed himself by fighting in regional shows.

Also I would love to see Tito vs Lindland in a "sportfight" event at Spirit Mountain Casino.
Fried Taco- June 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm
This is obviously a photoshopped pic. The original is of one of them giving a blowjob and the other person was photoshopped in. Question is, who is in the original photo?
Viva Hate- June 21, 2011 at 1:16 pm
I have seen pictures of an Alaskan pipeline, the angry dragon, a ketchup popsicle, the Alabama bootycall, the blumpky, the rusty trombone, but the photo is utterly sickening. Shame on you CP.
Stak40- June 21, 2011 at 1:14 pm
I'd still fuck her.
boober- June 21, 2011 at 1:12 pm
Show a little fuckin respect CP and blur out there frigging mouths next time you run that disgusting photo.
intercept440- June 21, 2011 at 1:10 pm
that or she was trying to hoover some of the dead weight out of that fat fucking head to try to make it look less ginormous
intercept440- June 21, 2011 at 1:09 pm
no no your all wrong , they arent kissing at all.. jenna is using her magical throat penis to show what it was like to have peter north rammed down your throat..which coincidentally happened just before they broke up....tito will most likely now come out of the closet and try to date lexington steel
El Guapo- June 21, 2011 at 1:08 pm
Was just about to take my lunch break, too. WAS. Then I saw that pic. Now I'm just gonna wait till dinner. Seriously
El Guapo- June 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm
Knucklesamtich... FTW!
TrapDoor- June 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm
Love those earrings! Bigger the HOOP, bigger the HOOCH!
Fedor Penn- June 21, 2011 at 12:55 pm
That's how your mom kissing me in the back of the church.
NotReadyStatus- June 21, 2011 at 12:34 pm
Who the hell has Bader ranked in the top 3? I'll give you top 10, maybe...

That pic makes me wish I had Jenna Jameson's lack of gag reflex.
Ringo- June 21, 2011 at 12:29 pm
Im hangover and I cant really stand that picture... brb
Daddy_jeffy- June 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm
Jenna's man juice laden saliva is going to make Tito test positive for unnaturally high levels of testosterone.
knucklesamitch- June 21, 2011 at 12:22 pm
I prefer my lady and tramp parodies to be done with a spaghetti, not a dick. Seriously, that's a dick in their mouth right?
O Chan- June 21, 2011 at 12:20 pm
Which picture is grosser, the one above? Or this one: