Adding to the list of marquee fighters you’re not going to see very often, Tito Ortiz has made it official that he doesn’t plan on returning to the Octagon until May:
“I spoke to Lorenzo (Fertitta), and it looks like in May,” said the former UFC light heavyweight champion . “They’re going to wait until May, so the next Cinco de Mayo weekend will be Tito Ortiz’ next fight.”
Yeah, I know: you all hate Tito. Hell, I’m not exactly a huge fan … the guy’s like MMA’s answer to Stone Cold Steve Austin. Hella lame. But I’m not gonna deny the fact that this guy’s got draw. And if you are, try to continue after BloodyElbow’s newest add Michael Rome spells it out for you:
When Tito Ortiz returned to the UFC and fought Forrest Griffin, the show broke the UFC PPV record set two months earlier by Liddell/Couture 3. Months later, when he fought Ken Shamrock in July, following TUF 3, the fight once again broke the UFC PPV record. Two months later he fought Ken Shamrock on free TV, and set a TV ratings record in the main event that still stands today. Finally, 2 months later, he set yet another all time UFC PPV record with his title fight against Chuck Liddell.
Say what you will about Tito, but you put him up against a good name and he’ll fill the bank with money. I have no fucking idea what the UFC was thinking putting him against Rashad Evans … I suppose they thought Tito would make him a star like he did with Forrest Griffin. All in all, it was a fucking waste of everyone’s time and didn’t exactly help the UFC’s bottom line either.
But if they match Tito up with someone like Wanderlei Silva or Shogun Rua for May (another big IF is if he’ll accept those fights), you better believe it’s gonna be big business. And hey, as an added bonus we might get to see Tito destroyed!