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Slo-Mo Tito didn’t know to let go

Tito Ortiz just can’t help being a douche. Every time he loses, he has a big dumb excuse lined up. And every time he wins, he does that overly elaborate digging / dragging / burying / patting down the dirt routine. You got to see that after he beat Ryan Bader, and you might have noticed that he also seemed to hold onto Bader’s neck for a second or two after the ref tried to get him off. According to Tito, that wasn’t him being a dick:

“I had an out-of-body experience,” Ortiz said. “It’s like I was watching myself do it. Everything was in slow-mo. It was kind of like in the ‘Matrix.’ It was weird. For the first, everything was super, super slow.”

In fact, he blamed his initial reluctance to unlock the choke on those strange feelings.

“I didn’t want to let go because I wasn’t sure what was going on because like I said, I had an out-of-body experience,” he said. “I didn’t know how to react. I was like, ‘I’m not letting go until the referee rips me off.’ I don’t mean to hold on to a submission longer than I was supposed to, but I wasn’t letting go. I wanted to win. I’m like an animal out there.”

I chalk it up to shock that the fight was over and he’d won. It had been five years after all. To put that into perspective, here’s Mike Chia Pet:

It had been 1,726 days between wins for Ortiz. One-thousand-seven-hundred and twenty-six days! When he last won, it was October 10, 2006. Since then, the Los Angeles Lakers won two NBA championships. Randy Couture unretired, won the heavyweight championship, resigned, returned, fought six more times, and retired again. Barry Bonds broke the all-time baseball home run record.

In sports, four-and-a-half years can be an eternity. It is for football players; an average NFL career is just 3.5 years. Even in regular life, it’s a long time. During Ortiz’s stretch, kids went into college and graduated as adults with degrees.

Fightlinker was only one month young. Now we’re almost five and more washed up than Tito. How time flies…

(image via Esther Lin’s UFC 132 gallery at MMA Fighting

  • Symbul

    I think he just couldn’t believe it. Too caught up in the moment to realise it. For all the easy bashing we do on Tito, it was a little heartening to see him win.

  • Mixed Martial Adam


    I agree totally. I think Tito just couldn’t believe that he actually won.

    Tito is a smart businessman (but not a smart person) and plays his character well. But even Tito had to doubt his chances against Bader after 5.5 years of mediocrity and losing fights (he lost to Matt Hamill, yes, THAT Matt Hamill). Finishing a fighter as physical as Bader that early must have been unreal to Tito and no harm done by holding the choke a little long just to make sure he wasn’t dreaming. I had to pinch myself to make sure it was real too.

    I like to bash Tito because he’s dumb, and dumb people say and do dumb things. However, it was amazing to watch him win and I’m very interested to see how he performs in his next outing. Maybe his back is finally fixed, or maybe he just got lucky with a well placed uppercut/hook. All I know is I want to find out and as nice as Bader seems he’s a pretty boring and inconsistent personality. It’s hard not to put Tito back in the mix after this win and if he fights another top five LHW the bookies may think differently about how they adjust the odds – who knows what will happen with the rebuilt Huntington Beach Bad Boy???

  • McBayne

    When you’re in Tito’s position and you’re seconds away from decisively finishing a top 10-15 LHW given what’s at stake, god forbid he holds the fuck on.  This wasn’t close to Babalu/Heath, or even like a finish+followup that happened that same night (RDA/Sot).  Tito forgets what finishing an opponent not named ken shamrock is like, let him be.

    A really BE-esque article.  Verbal diarreah comes out of Tito’s mouth when he’s trying to justify/rationalize something? Better write about it. 

  • thingvolds

    i agree, tito looked shocked and confused after that win. i wouldnt be surprised if he really was having an out of body experience, or if he thought he was dreaming.

    titos gotten to the endzone many times. i wish, for once, hed act like hes been there before.

  • McBayne

    Do you think the Lambeau Leap is excessive celebration each time?  

    Look at Tito’s recent record, look at what every pundit said before the fight, look the crowd reaction / energy throughout as this what happening.  OMG, he was presented w/ the oppornity to celebrate like he put on a performance of a 2001 Tito and he took it!  Unfathomable.  

    (sorry about the BE comparision, that was harsh, but it’s true)

  • Reverend Clint

    tito didnt want to get up too quick cause he just shit his shorts

  • G Funk

    Out of body experience? He’s so California.

  • CAP

    I was kind of happy to see Tito win. Largely cuz I could give a crap about Bader and his fagboy affiliation with CB.

    What did seem a little forced was Tito’s prefight mugging. All his jumping around just came across as a schtick. And that celebration was a little over the top but I’m sure he was pumped.