Tito OrtizWe’ve been hearing about Tito Ortiz’s back problems for as long as I can remember, but only as recent as this weekend did we hear that he decided to bite the bullet and have back surgery. The operation as reported was scheduled to take place this past Monday, and as he tells fans through an open letter on MMA Weekly, the surgery lasted a few short hours and he is making a quick recovery.

On Oct. 6, 2008, my extensive back surgery was performed in Las Vegas by Dr. Smith. It lasted three hours due to the doctor’s careful hand and my densely muscled core that had to be separated in order to get to my spine. My doctor was impressed with my quick recovery, and an hour after surgery I was on my feet and walking to the car.

Hopefully, this surgery has fixed Tito’s back problems. As you are well aware, Tito talks A LOT, so it would be nice if he was actually able to back his claims up inside the cage for a change.

[UPDATE 10/09/08 1:00AM ET] – Tito Ortiz made claims in his letter referenced above that the UFC denied his claim for coverage for his back surgery. The UFC has responded.

“The UFC does not have the authority to deny or approve any insurance claims asserted by UFC athletes. Rather, Zuffa purchases medical insurance coverage for the benefit of fighters at levels significantly higher than those required by state athletic commissions. The decision regarding whether a filed claim is valid and therefore approved is determined exclusively through the standard review process of the insurance company AIG.”

AIG? Ha, that’s pretty funny. Are they accepting anyone’s claims right now?

In all seriousness though, it is a shame that they denied Tito’s claim. Seriously, what the hell is health insurance good for if they won’t even keep their end of the deal? Ridiculous…