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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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  • http://twitter.com/Warriordave927 warriordave927

    damm thats crazy,when bader called tito out tito didnt want the fight and said he only wanted to fight top level guys and didnt want to be a bench mark name on up and comer’s careers but now that were 2 weeks out from the fight cader is a top 3 guy,i agree that bader is one of the top guys but for him to basically say that bader isnt worth him fighting and now saying bader is a top level opponent makes me think that tito is scared,i hope bader knocks him the f*** out and retires his ass so we dont have to listen to his excuses anymore

    • i like sexy time

      Maybe if he tried he may even achieve a goal of getting halfway to being shit.

  • The Jester

    Literally no one in the entire world at any point in time ever had Ryan Bader ranked at No. 3. Tito is just crazy.

  • ass

    im SO tired of tito ortiz…i think he just needs to disapear,hell he hasnt won a fight in like 5 years…i think its safe to say its well past his time

    • Matt Silliman

      I wish Tito would atleast look competitive in his fights, that way he wouldn’t look like an ass when he talks about how he still “has it”

  • sandman

    What? Tito is still around???

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jacob-Berezansky/1666465349 Jacob Berezansky

    I never want to see Tito retire. I want to see him get his ass whipped everyday for the rest of my life.

    • sandman

      I would watch that with a big smile :-)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jacob-Berezansky/1666465349 Jacob Berezansky

        Every damn day dude

    • http://www.mmaconvert.com Steve Barry

      Not gonna lie, that made me laugh haha.

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