Oh, Tito. He sat down with German GnP.tv and, being Tito, had a lot to say about his business empires, his kids, and his injuries – his numerous injuries and surgeries, denied by insurance claims, that are being paid out of pocket by Dana and Lorenzo (and he’s “very thankful” for that). But let’s not get too warm and fuzzy about the UFC taking care of their fighters. When asked about how satisfied he was with how he ended his career and that last fight at UFC 148:
After [Forrest ran] out of the fight, that shows that he lost and for Dana to go back and run and get him to come back, there’s something fishy going on here. How does Dana know how the match is going to turn out? I thought something was fishy about that. Was it premeditated? Was it pre-planned what the answer was going to be? If I didn’t knock him out or if I didn’t submit him, they already knew who was going to win.
Mr. White, you are charged with one count of premeditated fight homicide!
I thought I won, all my fans thought I won. When you drop a guy twice, take him down four times and you dominate by doing it. He never took me down. He never hurt me. For the first time ever in UFC history, they showed strikes attempted, not strikes landed, strikes attempted. When do you ever show somebody with strikes attempted? He never hit me, I blocked all of them, I checked all of his kicks.
He’s right! I definitely remember that Griffin/Ortiz fight being the first close fight ever where not everyone agreed with the judges’ scoring. And how did Dana know where to look for Forrest? Definitely fishy – there’s so many places a fighter can hide after running out of the cage. Griffin stealing Joe Rogan’s microphone and totally merking Tito’s retirement speech? Hats off to Dana, Forrest, and the NSAC… their scheme was straight-up Shakespearean in all of its intricacies.
The Ground N Pound TV interview after the jump. Pic by Laron Zaugg for MMA Weekly.