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Tito Ortiz recently appeared on Brazilian television show Sensei SPORTV and proclaimed himself the "Muhammad Ali of mixed martial arts." If by that he means he’s past his prime and is suffering from the effects of too many shots to the head, then we agree wholeheartedly.
"I’m the Muhammad Ali of mixed martial arts. I’m the guy who can speak well and who promotes and tries to make it better for the fighters of the future. All the fighters; Wanderlei Silva, Vitor Belfort, Babalu — all these guys who make great money now as fighters here in the United States, they can thank me. Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture — these guys can thank me, because I was the guy fighting for that and I was the guy getting all of the bad publicity from Dana White trying to smash me."
"I’m smart. I’m a good businessman. I understand the stuff around me and I really want to fight well when it’s competing time, but I make sure I can talk better when it’s over after I beat the guy. It’s a respect value, but it’s an entertainment value and people gotta’ understand that, that yeah, the entertainment stuff and the stuff I talked before, it’s just to get inside the guy’s head. I want to get inside his head so when it’s fight time he’s thinking about the bad things I said and not thinking about what he needs to do to beat me and I’ve gotten inside guys’ heads by doin’ that over and over again and I continue to do it. I don’t know. It’s psychology, I guess you could say. But when it’s fight time, it’s real. There’s no fake punches and there’s nothing fake about anything we do. It’s reality fighting. I think that’s why it’s one of the fastest growing sports in the world and I’m still here."
You lost us at "I’m the guy who can speak well."
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