(video courtesy of YouTube/NaturalBornKillerMMA)
Let’s break down the less than three-minute interview:
He starts off pretty good, only making a few grammatical errors
“I’m a very emotional person and I fuel on emotions. That’s every one of my fights. It’s all emotions. When I get in the cage and I fight, that’s not me. I’m not the guy that go in there and fight. No. It’s somebody else. It’s a lightswitch that turns on. When I’m jumpin’ around, I think as a self, ‘I’m a shark. If I stop movin’ I’m dead.’”
Then it starts to go off the rails as Tito tries a big word.
“What motivates me now is to show that I can come back. Show my heart and I’m able to pisservere through anything and get a world title. My goal is to get a world title around my waist again. Randy Couture can do it at 40; I can do it at 35.”
It’s too bad that he doesn’t know that he’s now 36 and has been since January and he missed his chance to win a world title at 35.
Let’s move on.
“We’re athletes, man. We’re very intelligent athletes who come with college degrees and come from college wrestling and we’re educated on the sport that what it is today and UFC is the biggest sport in the world.”
Except for the fact that UFC is not a sport, it’s a promotion. I guess it’s too late for Tito to get a refund for his college degree from Cal State Bakersfield.
“I punish the guy until the referee pulls me off or he says, “no more” and he taps. I don’t want to leave any doubt in his mind that he had a chance.”
If you don’t leave a doubt in his mind that he had a chance, wouldn’t you be boosting his confidence that he in facthas a chance?
“Do everything to the full potential. I think I kind of got away from that. In my other training, I was only able to do what my body was able to do.”
As opposed to before when he was able to do what his body was unable to do?
“Having the back problems I did, I couldn’t squat, I couldn’t lunge, my takedowns were horrible, I’d shoot half-assed takedowns as I did against Machida and he stuffed ‘em. Against Chuck…he stuffed ‘em. I just need to get my legs strong now that I have no more back problems and I’m able to rebuild and make my body strong as hell, you’ll see some power-doubles.”
So it’s official. Now that Tito is claiming that he is healthy and has no back problems and that he’s rebuilding his strength, coupled with the fact that he already used the cracked skull card, he will no longer have any excuses if Rashad beats him. It’s likely that if he does lose, the UFC will give Ortiz one more bout as a courtesy for stepping in for Phil Davis on short notice, but if he’s matched up with a top-tier opponent in that one he could be out of the UFC for the first time since 1998.