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Tito Ortiz Hoping For Retirement Bout On July 4 Weekend Card

It looks like Tito Ortiz’s planned retirement is going to wait an extra month. Instead of wrapping up his storied UFC career in late May, Ortiz now says he wants to step in the Octagon for the final time on the July 4 weekend card.

The date may have changed but his preferred opponents haven’t. Tito recently told MiddleEasy that he still wants to fight Forrest Griffin or Chuck Liddell. Transcription via BE:

July, hopefully Fourth of July weekend I will be fighting my last fight and I will be done. That’s it; it’s time to walk away. You know, Forrest, or I know everybody would like to see me against Chuck (Liddell) and, I don’t know. We will see what Lorenzo and Dana have to offer and see what they want to do. I’ll sit down with Lorenzo and Dana next week and let’s see, let’s make a fight, my last fight and let’s make a memorable one.

In a perfect world, I think Liddell vs. Ortiz 3 would be the most fitting way to end both of their careers, but there’s virtually zero chance of that happening now that Chuck has settled quite comfortably into retirement and Tito has proved that he actually has some knockout power. Ortiz vs. Griffin 3 will do I guess, but like Tito said, it will be up to the UFC to decide.

Any other suggestions for Tito’s retirement bout?

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