Ortiz: 'Yes, I am rooting for Chuck to win'

source: mmafighting.com

Breaking his silence about his neck injury, withdrawing from his fight with Chuck Liddell and being replaced on The Ultimate Fighter, Tito Ortiz said he plans to be back in the cage around October or November, and hopes to return against Liddell.

Speaking on Spike's Inside the Ultimate Fighter podcast, Ortiz said he will actually be rooting for Liddell in his UFC 115 bout this weekend against Rich Franklin, but said win or lose, Liddell should have to face him later this year.
Asked to respond to Liddell's accusations, Ortiz said that he originally agreed to do the show even before he fought Forrest Griffin at UFC 106, and even after suffering numbness and other physical pain from a neck injury following the Griffin fight, he still thought he would be able to complete the season and fight Liddell until two doctors -- including a UFC-approved doctor -- told him otherwise.
"Me with my mind focused, being in the gym everyday and being the strong, ferocious, ground-and-pound artist I am, when I get back in the cage, you'll see Tito Ortiz is back," he said.
Ortiz, who also spoke about his time coaching the TUF contestants and who the best long-term prospects were, left one major surprise.
"Hopefully Chuck will get a knockout in the first round," he said. "Yes, I am rooting for Chuck to win."




tags: Chuck Liddell (detail)  Tito Ortiz (detail)  UFC 115   Rich Franklin (detail)  


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ChokeEmOut site profile image  

6/12/10 8:52 PM by ChokeEmOut

 Has any MMA champ in a top promotion literally ducked anyone besides Tito? LMAO @ "Chuck should have to fight me". Yeah, Chuck should have to fight you because he got KO'd by you twice huh..oh uh..wait..nevermind.

Datguy site profile image  

6/12/10 8:41 PM by Datguy

Well to be fair he in his last 4 fights hes only been dominated by chuck. He had a draw with Rashad evans (which he would have won if not for the point taken away) was competitive against machida, and lost a close decision to Forrest. He's still a sack of s--- though.

HOLLYWOOD-MO site profile image  

6/12/10 7:33 PM by HOLLYWOOD-MO

so who u got...chuck or rich?

CRE site profile image  

6/12/10 6:08 PM by CRE

Tito cheering for Chuck to beat a guy he refused to fight or couldn't beat if they did fight, has this happened before?Tito you didn't sign to fight Franklin and Ken Shamrock had to step up and you only deserve to fight Chuck if he wins tonight, after you fight Franklin, who will beat you down badly.

ZANGx site profile image  

6/12/10 6:02 PM by ZANGx

typical tito bs interview, its getting old

ZANGx site profile image  

6/12/10 6:02 PM by ZANGx

typical tito bs interview, its getting old

lilmanster site profile image  

6/10/10 10:16 PM by lilmanster

its a sad day for tito ortiz. he has officially become that crazy old guy that nobody takes seriously.

guardbr8kr site profile image  

6/10/10 10:13 PM by guardbr8kr

^^^^Kirik allows this because of $$$. Thats why we are referred to as the Underground. Sad eh?

Emphatik site profile image  

6/10/10 9:19 PM by Emphatik

^ too far. Ban.

Mdot50 site profile image  

6/10/10 7:31 PM by Mdot50

Has any champion ducked a fighter more than tito. I am so sick of him. The past 7-8 years I have read and heard shit spewing out of his mouth about chuck this chuck that. Buck up and scrap him then frito!!! nice mother of your children.... oc addict and cumdumpster