Y’all remember that period right before his fight with Matt Hamill where Tito Ortiz turned into a total company yes-man, right down to the t-shirt he wore to the weigh-ins that read ‘Dana White is my Hero!’ After a meh decision loss, his career was hanging by a thread and Dana was there ready to cut it, but I guess all that sucking up made the difference. Instead, Ortiz was granted a stay of execution until March 19th when Lil Nog will finish him off in Jersey.
But what happens after that? Now that he knows a t-shirt and declarations of love and respect won’t save him, Tito isn’t afraid to say he’ll take his robo-spine elsewhere:
“I’m gonna fight no matter what. Win, lose or draw, I’m gonna fight no matter what. I’m healthy now. I’ve got a new back, a new neck. I went through major back surgery, major neck surgery and I wouldn’t have done that if I wasn’t serious about my career. I’m only 36-years old and I believe I still have at least 3 or 4 more solid years of fighting.”
Unfortunately for Tito, there’s not exactly a large number of places left to go where he can make a quarter mil per fight like he does in the UFC. Affliction is long dead. Japan is out of money. Bellator is all about cheap prospects, not guys who peaked 10 years ago. And Tito already dicked Strikeforce around for half a year as part of his last scheme to get back into the UFC. Although I suppose that doesn’t count them out. Strikeforce is the kind of place that always seems to be looking for more over the hill guys with the wrong kind of name value to blow their cash on.