“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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