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Tito Ortiz discusses his health, future, and Strikeforce (Video)

Tito Ortiz took the stage at the recent Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz post fight press conference. Ortiz discussed his health, future, and possibility of fighting for Strikeforce.

15 COMMENTS
  • MMASwami says:

    I just don’t care about Tito Ortiz anymore. He is becoming as irrelevant as Frank Shamrock.

  • tyler says:

    That’s funny for a guy who you seem to think is irrelevant he’s constantly in the news and has recieved offers from just about every MMA promotion on the planet.

  • aimres says:

    Tito is still in the top 5 at 205..

    In no particular order Machida, Griffin, Ortiz , Jackson, Evans.

    Who does he fight after Babalu? Overeem?

  • PlagueAngel says:

    Maybe Ortiz should start talking shit after he wins a fight for once. How long has it been now? Six years without a win? To say that Ortiz is in the top five at 205 shows that your opinion cannot be trusted aimres. Maybe you should pay attention to details and get your act together. A man with no wins in six years does not deserve anything.

  • tyler says:

    PlagueAbgel when you’re an obvious hater on the subject your opinion can’t be trusted either not to mention your post is filled with factual errors.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Ortiz is a good fighter but he isn’t top 5 anymore, thats not to say that he wont be. I hope he does well and strikeforce grows, the only worry I have is that exclusive contracts will stop MMA from becoming the sport it should be. If Babalu and Ortiz do well it would be good to see them fight a UFC fighter in the future, but we all know that wont happen cuz the UFC wont want to see their fighter lose like Chuck did in Pride, there is too much at stake.

  • PlagueAngel says:

    I don’t hate Ortiz, I will admit that I was wrong about the six years without a win. His last two wins came from a dominating performance to… Ken Shamrock! LOL. Seriously to give this guy top five and even top ten in light heavyweight is unrealistic. Lets leave it to the fans. Obviously he is not top five, but in my opinion, is Tito top TEN at light heavyweight? FANS VOTE NOW! I cast my vote in top 20 based on a dominating personality. Keep in mind that Machida embarrissed him in his last fight.

  • aimres says:

    Funny that the only person in my top 5 was Ortiz.

    A draw to Evans means what?
    Defeating forrest.
    No one liked or respected Machida’s fighting style before the Ortiz fight and Tito came really close to pulling out the win by catching Machida in a triangle at the end.

    PlagueAngel apology please?

  • PlagueAngel says:

    aimres, are you back in 2005 or 2009? Ortiz is in no ones top 10 anymore because of poor performances, injury, and most important, non active. Machida dominated an arrogant Ortiz. It was a descent triangle, but its not like Machida was almost out.

    I have to ask you this and I’m being serious, are you Tito Ortiz or are you a personal friend of his? I don’t understand how you can put him in top five or even ten. Tito makes so many excuses of his past losses due to “injury”. So we are all suppost to believe that Ortiz is going to run over everyone now that he is healthy? You do have a small argument of top 15, but at top 5…IMPOSSIBLE.
    -Tito record is 15-6-1
    -Last big win was UFC 59 against Forrest (Forrest has improved since then)
    – Tito is still big because of his mouth, personality, and past fan draw.

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Ummmm… in the last 6 years Tito has beaten Griffin, Belfort, Cote, Shamrock and drawn with the present champ Rashad (he really won that fight, bad reffing I reckon, he won on points but had a point deducted because of grabbing the fence, how often do people get points deducted like that). I don’t think he is top 5 but that is because of the amount of talent there is in that div. But like I said maybe he will be again one day. I think he needs to start trying to sub more. As for Machida dominating against Ortiz…yeah if you call one really damaging blow in the whole fight dominant, he ran away the whole fight, Ortiz got frustrated and walked into a knee and then almost subed Machida. Apart from that one knee Machida was just playing tap and run and Ortiz was closer to finishing the fight than Machida ever was.

    You asked if aimres was Tito, now I’ll ask you… are you Dana White?.

  • PlagueAngel says:

    Being Dana White wouldn’t be so bad. Hair loss would be tough though. His record is 15-6-1. He has not won a fight in three years. Counting Shamrock as two major wins is pathetic. Its been three years of accuses, injuries, and media tyrades. I liked Ortiz when he was talking smack and FIGHTING WELL at the same time. The man does nothing but promise the world with domination and arrogance, but gives like a third world country.

    Instead of calling Sorbral names, he should sign the fight already. Sorbral has shown signs of evolution in his fighting game, but sadly Ortiz has shown a slide. When he fights again, you have argument for Tito in top 15 or 20, but until he starts winning he is nothing but a running mouth with empty promises.

    Machida won all three rounds by all the judges against Ortiz.. I thought he was going to beat Machida, but it was embarrasing. To talk all that shit before the fight and show a lackluster performance was sad. Since that fight, Machida has proven his style to be avasive but also dominating. Its called evolution of fighting and maybe Ortiz should start proving himself to fans that are hungry to see the Huntington Beach Badboy pushing people around the cage again.

  • meatloaf says:

    I don’t know why people are trying to correct PlagueAngel this guy obviously has an agenda to bash Tito Ortiz or he’s just a Dana White mark.

    Anyway to say Tito should stop talking trash and just sign to fight Babalu when that guy for starters has no contract with a promotion and also doesn’t know when he’ll even be healthy enough to start wresting again is asinine.

    Not to mention he keeps hammering the point Tito hasn’t won in three years (which is incorrect), but if that were the case for a guy that’s been relatively inactive for nearly three years I could counter that by saying Tito’s only lost ONCE since 2006 (which is true).

    PlagueAngel should’ve saved himself some time and just posted I can’t stand Tito Ortiz.

  • PlagueAngel says:

    I’m just not going to come out and say…I hate Tito and not give any reasons for why I disagree with the fact that people think he is top 5 or 10 fighter. I gave opinions and facts which are supported by many people around the world.

    -Ortiz last victory was in 06. That was to Ken Shamrock.
    -This guy talks so much crap and doesn’t back it up.
    -Talked so much trash about Machida and then gets embarrissed in front of everyone and doesn’t even win a round.
    -blames losses due to injury.

    I liked Ortiz and I personally lost quite bit of cash in the Machida fight. I just feel he needs to win a few more fights to get back into contention. He just shouldn’t be pushed into the title picture because he talks the most smack. He needs to prove himself again. No more excuses guys, it time to see him fight.

  • aimres says:

    Please realize Tito’s personality has nothing to do with his skill. I will admit that he overrates himself and sounds pretty lame on most occasions. But he is only 34, now has a healthy back, and is an all around figher.

    Lets take a look at who could be in the 5th position.

    Liddel (no), Shogun (no), Wanderlei (no), Henderson (no), Jardine (no), Jon Jones (Maybe soon, but not yet)

    While he has been getting back surgery most 205’s listed above have received devastating knockouts.

  • RU486 says:

    I’ve always liked Tito. When I saw him dismantle Gay Mezger some 10 years ago, I saw where the highly unorganized sport of MMA had really taken it’s first step of evolution. Well, maybe it’s second. He dominated a weight class for 5 years. He has lost only 2 of his last 8 fights, no matter how you look at it, and the draw came for a point deduction. So in all actuality, he BEAT Rashad Evans.

    In the last 10 years his losses have been to: Frank Shamrock, Randy Couture, Chuck Lidell, and Lyoto Machida. 3 former champions, and 1 soon to be champion. I don’t see how anyone can discredit his fighting based on the above criteria.

    Tito has a big mouth. He talks shit, always has. Is it admirable? No, but no one can feasibly deny that his trash talk led the sport top being what it is today. He is more responsible than any other single fighter for MMA becoming as widespread and popular as it has.

    You don’t have to like his attitude, but he still is a top tiered fighter, will be for a long time, and has done so much for the sport. I am excited about a Tito / Babalu fight, but first I would like to see Tito take on Bobby Southworth for the opportunity to challenge Babalu for the title.

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