Tito Ortiz, who now shares the consecutive 205 title defenses record with Jon Jones, claims back in his prime he’d beat Jones. When asked how he’d beat Jones, Oritz seems to be unaware how he’d do it.
Tito Ortiz made a couple of remarks via Twitter Saturday night regarding UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
However, after Jones talked highly of Ortiz during the post-fight press conference, it left the UFC Hall of Famer to seemingly retract his thoughts.
Jones tied Ortiz with five successful title defenses of the 205-pound title when he stopped Chael Sonnen. During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Ortiz discussed Jones.
If I’m under a person who holds the record, I think Jon Jones is the man [it should] be. He’s very classy. He’s respectful, soft spoken, and he’s a true champ. I really don’t see anybody to beat him. I don’t think anybody can really get close to him. His mindset is perfect. I think it’s how a champion should be. As long as no personal stuff happens to him, I don’t think he’ll have much problem with anybody, just because of his wrestling. Wrestling has always been a dominating force in UFC.
Jones suffered a toe injury in the win, so a timetable for his return – with a chance to break the record – is currently unknown.
Well Tito Ortiz thinks he’s in the business of match-making now. Ortiz plans on having Cyborg fight three times in Invicta, and then he plans to have her return to The UFC to fight Rousey on New Year’s Eve. There are two problems here. 1. Cyborg isn’t promised anything in The UFC. 2. That means she’s fighting 4 times with in 8 months. Sounds a wee bit unlikely.
Cris Santos and her manager Tito Ortiz have asked The UFC to release her from her newly signed UFC contract. They argue that since The UFC currently only has a women’s 135 pound division Santos would not be able to safely cut down to that weight; Santos currently fights at 145 pounds. It sounds like she just doesn’t want to fight Ronda Rousey to me.
Former Strikeforce female champion Cris Cyborg doesn’t appear to be UFC-bound in the near future.
During an appearance on Inside MMA Friday night, Cyborg’s manager, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, confirmed that the two sides are attempting to work out her release from a contract.
“Right now, we’re actually waiting for (the) UFC to release (Cyborg),” Ortiz said. “We asked for them to release her, so Dana White actually talked to me (Thursday). They gave an offer, I went to ‘Cyborg’ and she said she didn’t want to do it.”
Ortiz claimed that the UFC offered her an extended contract, which included a 140-pound fight with Ronda Rousey. Cyborg, however, only wanted a four-fight deal and declined.
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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz is mentioned among the greats the sport has ever produced.
Ortiz, who was inducted into the UFC’s Hall of Fame prior to his retirement fight last year, is still involved in MMA – but not directly with the promotion he called home for so many years.
During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Ortiz addressed why he doesn’t have a job with the UFC like former fighters Matt Hughes and Chuck Liddell.
That’s a great question. I don’t know. Maybe there’s still hatred. Of course (I wanted a job with the promotion). Who wouldn’t want a job with the UFC? It’s the greatest promotion in the world.
Ortiz pointed to a spot in marketing as his calling, adding, “A lot of fighters don’t understand it. They come and they fight, and they’re forgot about.”
Ortiz currently works with a handful of fighters as a manager, while also continuing his many other various jobs and companies.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was asked his thoughts on Saturday’s UFC heavyweight title match between Junior dos Santos and Cain Velasquez recently by MMAInterviews.com. The two collide at UFC 155 in the main event.
Many people believe the biggest female MMA match out there is Ronda Rousey-Cris Cyborg.
However, that will not be the first female fight to take place inside the Octagon, as UFC president Dana White announced on Thursday that Rousey will meet Liz Carmouche.
White admitted that the UFC attempted to get Cyborg to agree to a bantamweight fight, but that she can’t make the weight cut by February.
Tito Ortiz, the former UFC champion and Hall of Famer, is managing Cyborg. Ortiz informed MMAjunkie.com that he did tell his client to turn down the bout, and explained his reason.
Cris said she would kill herself trying to make 135. I won’t allow it, (and) neither should the UFC or Dana. Cris wants the fight, fans want the fight, and so does the UFC.
Cyborg (10-1) is suspended until late in December. Members of her team had stated in the past that she would not drop to 135, but that appears to not be the case any longer.
Ortiz, meanwhile, called out Rousey for not agreeing to move up, saying, “If Ronda is such a great fighter, why doesn’t she fight at the weight she started at?”
Adding Ortiz to this ongoing battle between Cyborg and Rousey would only generate even more interest.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has backed Jon Jones in the past.
However, that appears done and over with now.
Ortiz recently offered up his take on Saturday night’s UFC 152 main event between Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion, and Vitor Belfort.
This is everything for (Belfort) as far as his legacy – this is the biggest opportunity anyone from our generation in the UFC ever had. If he wins this fight, and beats the best young champion to come along in years, then Vitor is an all-time legend and this goes down as one of the most significant wins of all time. It’s that big.
Jones will be seeking earn his fourth successful title defense. He would move closer to tying the record for the 205-pound belt set by Ortiz.
The recent-inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame believes Belfort needs to put “Bones” away early.
Vitor has to get this done in the first two rounds. He can’t give Jones time to settle. Vitor has to land before Jones has his timing down.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz set the record for most successful defenses of the belt, fending off five challengers.
Current UFC 205-pound champ Jon Jones will attempt to make his fourth successful defense of the title when he takes on Vitor Belfort later this month at UFC 152.
Of all the ex-champs in the UFC, there is likely no fighter that can better relate to Jones than Ortiz. However, even Ortiz was left in shock by Jones’ actions in the lead-up to UFC 151.
— Tito Ortiz (@titoortiz) September 5, 2012