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