Tito: I am proud of Chuck, he was an alcoholic

by John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com

Ortiz said he believes a seven-fight UFC win streak that coincided precisely with the promotion's meteoric rise in popularity – and netted Liddell millions of dollars – led to complacency.

"When you're making a big chunk of money automatically, no matter what, and you know a company is behind you no matter what, you feel like you can do whatever you want," Ortiz said. "Now what [Liddell] comes to realize is that he has a family. He has his fight career ahead of him, and he wants to take advantage of it."

Ortiz also points to another aspect of Liddell's lifestyle as a primary reason for the 40-year-old's current run of just one win in five UFC contests.

"I think [Liddell] had a problem," Ortiz said. "A lot of people go through addiction. I think his deal was he was an alcoholic. He loved to party.

"When you have all the money in the world and you can do what you want, no one tells you, 'No.' You're one of the baddest men on the Earth; no one tells you, 'No.' You can do what you want."

While Liddell has never discussed any potential addictions with alcohol or other substances, the former champ has said he's no longer partying as he prepares for his upcoming bout with Ortiz.

Ortiz paints a bleaker picture of the entire scenario, though he does praise Liddell for his current behavior.

"Thank God that (UFC president) Dana (White) gave [Liddell] an intervention, and he's sober now," Ortiz said. "He's been sober since November, and he looks like a different person. It's awesome. I'm proud of him – really proud of him. A lot of people can't do that. I kind of went through that myself, but I looked in the mirror and I realized that wasn't the life I wanted to lead.

"I'm proud he's found sobriety. A lot of fighters, and a lot of people in general, don't do that. They fall off the face of the earth, and sometimes they'll find them in a hotel, dead, or behind a wheel, dead. Thank God Chuck isn't one of those guys. Thank God he found sobriety, and I'm proud of him – very proud of him."

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threestars35 site profile image  

2/8/10 1:34 PM by threestars35

LOL at Tito's "hard work and dedication" "I've pave the way for all these fighters"

Knox Herrington site profile image  

1/28/10 2:08 PM by Knox Herrington

Pay no attention to Hojak, a complete attention whore.Nothing more pathetic than posting you are leaving a website and never coming back, what a cry for attention.Edit: One thing more pathetic than begging for attention by posting that you are leaving a website for good is posting that and then coming back.Instead of just admitting you are a douche who actually announced he is "never coming back" to a forum(god that is fucking sad), rather than just not coming back. I'm sure you will attempt to draw attention away from the subject by noting my low post count or recent member since date or some other insignificant item.As Harry Dunn once said, "you are one pathetic loser"

Leghound site profile image  

1/28/10 1:46 PM by Leghound

It's ironing you moran! Don't make me smash you into a Bolivian!

stevekt site profile image  

1/28/10 11:25 AM by stevekt

Do they really put W's in the win column?

dc1000 site profile image  

1/28/10 10:22 AM by dc1000

mma.tv much?ironing is to irony as moran is to moron

JohnnyM site profile image  

1/28/10 10:17 AM by JohnnyM


LateStart site profile image  

1/28/10 10:13 AM by LateStart

Tito probably said bills need to be paid as a token answer that has now been taken way out of context

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1/28/10 10:12 AM by LateStart


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1/28/10 10:08 AM by RenatoCocopreta

Ive never seen anyone wearing any Punishment clothes. Ive seen Jenna bang 50-60 dudes. You do the math.

Ronin 7 site profile image  

1/28/10 9:15 AM by Ronin 7

I've never been a Tito fan, but Tito came off as genuine towards Chuck in the interview. Tito has always come off as arrogant in most of the interviews that I've seen. But the hatred is strong on this thread. Hopefully Ortiz can get a W in the win column. And hopefully the guy will continue to move towards a less of a dick direction. And as for the money situation..who knows...Mc Hammer went broke on 50 million in the bank...next.