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Tito Ortiz on why he’s retiring: ‘My biggest enemy has been my body’

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This isn’t the first time Tito Ortiz has announced his retirement. The former UFC light heavyweight champion called it a career after a 2012 loss to Forrest Griffin and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Then came an improbable run with Bellator, one in which he drew a game-changing television rating for a fight with Stephan Bonnar on Nov. 2014 which helped usher in the current era of MMA free agency.

But while the inevitable can be postponed, time catches up with everyone eventually. Ortiz’s Bellator 170 main event against Chael Sonnen comes two days before his 42nd birthday, and “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” affirmed that win, lose, or draw, he intends for the bout to be the last of his MMA career.

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Tito was my first favorite fighter so i hope he ends it on a high note. Bader fight one of the most epic wins to watch because Tito was down for so long. Glad he got a couple decent checks and Ws in Bellator before he retires

I hope he can beat Chael tho. Hopefully being at 205 his whole career will let him carry a strength advantage or we might see the sloppiest brawl ever haha

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That and his lack of ability to form coherent sentences on live television.

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Posted by Budgellism

That and his lack of ability to form coherent sentences on live television.



Ha Ha, I'll never forget the Affliction show and the Cyborg Press Conference.

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Posted by Budgellism

That and his lack of ability to form coherent sentences on live television.



Ha Ha, I'll never forget the Affliction show and the Cyborg Press Conference.



That Affliction show is right up there with some of the best moments in MMA history. Hilarious from start to finish.

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I would say his biggest problem has not been his boy but rather his mental semblance and personal resolve. Dude is a fucking basket case with an ego problem.

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I thought Tito's biggest problems were his lack of mobility on his feet, lack of ko power, and lack of head movement. I think the dude will go out on his shield in Bellator, and he was my 1st favorite too. That said...

I am glad he is financially secure enough to retire and I am grateful he was my introduction to this awesome sport!!

Post #7   1/8/17 11:38:22PM