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Tito Ortiz: ‘Dana White And Joe Silva Told Me They Wanted Me To Retire’

“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. I told them I want to still fight against the top guys, I want to put on a show… I made some mistakes against Hamill. I didn’t respect his takedown. 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… I’ve put in a great eight weeks in camp for Ryan Bader. I’m healthy and ready to compete.”

— Tito Ortiz telling The Telegraph that Dana White and Joe Silva asked him to retire after his loss to Matt Hamill

It’s not really surprising the UFC asked Tito to retire. Despite coming close against Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin and for a brief moment against Lyoto Machida, Tito hasn’t won a fight since he beat a well past his prime Ken Shamrock in 2006. Not only that, he’s not nearly the draw that he once was in his prime. Given the UFC’s penchant for parting with fighters who don’t perform, it’s a miracle really that he made it this far.

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Bellator 170: Ortiz vs. Sonnen

Event Date: January 21, 2017
Broadcast: Spike

Bellator 171: Guillard vs. Njokuani

Event Date: January 27, 2017
Broadcast: Spike TV

UFC on FOX 23: Shevchenko vs. Pena

Event Date: January 28, 2017
Broadcast: Fox

UFC Fight Night 104: Bermudez vs. The Korean Zombie

Event Date: February 4, 2017
Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

UFC 208: Holm Vs. De Randamie

Event Date: February 11, 2017
Broadcast: PPV, Fox Sports 1, UFC Fight Pass

Bellator 172: Fedor vs. Mitrione

Event Date: February 18, 2017
Broadcast: Spike