Tito wants an office job with the UFC

by Dann Stupp and John Morgan | source: mmajunkie.com
 

“Sometimes the lights all shining on me, other times I can barely see. Lately it occurs to me what a long strange trip it's been.”
Jerry Garcia

Forget his record the last few years. Tito Ortiz stil holds the all-time record for most fights in the UFC (26), the same as Junior Dos Santos, Jon Jones, Carlos Condit, and Jose Aldo combined. And he still holds the all time record for lightheavyweight division title defenses (yes, Lightheavyweight is the UFC's most competitive division).

Tito was the league's first star, when without it it might have died. He has appeared on reality tv and in movies, owns his own wildly popular line of sportswear, and went from being sponsored by Spanky's XXX Playhouse to some of the most lucrative mainstream sponsorships the sport has ever seen.

And he is 37 years old. A rubber match against Forrest Griffin at UFC 148 on July 7 in Las Vegas will be his last.

And then?

"I don't know what it's going to feel like to walk out for the last time," Ortiz told MMAjunkie.com. "Step in the octagon for the last time, to walk out of the octagon for the last time. Honestly, man, I don't know what to expect."

"Even signing a bout agreement, I realized that's the last one. It's weird."

"I think with everything I did, I made a mark. I showed guys what a little hard work and inspiration can do.

"I'm thankful God gave me the gifts I've had. I could have done so many things – worse things – as a kid and a man in general. My parents being drug addicts, I look at it as, 'Why am I sitting where I am today?' I think it's through hard work and dedication. It's very inspiring toward people knowing you can achieve anything in this world as long as you stay focused and work super, super hard at it. I'm thankful for that."

"I just turned 37. Couture fought till he was 44 or 45. Do I want to do it, though? I just don't have that hunger in me anymore. It's a business to me now. It's been a business since day one. It's love for the fighting, but it's always a business.

"But I've got three boys to take of now. ... It's time."

"ESPN just came to me and offered me a job as an analyst. But I went to Lorenzo and told him, 'I want to work for you guys.' I want to work with the UFC. I started my career with the UFC. I never had an amateur career. I've been with the UFC since day one in 1997.

"I would love to end it with the UFC."

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Brian Rule site profile image  

4/13/12 12:42 PM by Brian Rule

haha that's great. yeah i love the dead, always will. i was extremely fortunate to catch four shows way back in 95 (i was a sophomore in high school) before garcia passed. they were insane. caught two shows at the spectrum (RIP) in march, and at the second show they played the "visions of johanna" that phil picked out for his "fallout from the phil zone" release. the third night happened to be the night they brought back "unbroken chain", which i missed, but o well you can't see them all. the latter two shows i went to were at RFK (RIP again lol) and bob dylan opened. bob fucking dylan OPENED. anyway, agreed.. hunter probably penned the actual lyrics like he did so many others. ha i even had his anthology with all his lyrics, the guy was amazing. so yeah when i read the article there was no way i was going to let that shit slide

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4/13/12 12:20 PM by VicJenny

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4/13/12 10:15 AM by fightharder

Never going to happen. First of all Tito is better of financially if he would move to the WWF and do his own thing. You can say a lot about him but you cannot deny that he has certain commercial talents. The ufc would never offer him the kind of money he could make from continuing to perform. They only UFC job that would be interested for Tito in terms of pay,PR and ''skill'' could be commentary. But most people would agree that adding Tito to a broadcasting team would not be a smart move (so its quit obvious that Fox is going to offer him a job because the manage to fuck up everything else so far)Secondly,Tito does not have the same skill as Chuck. Even though i doubt that Chuck is poring over the numbers at the UFC headquarters he has a degree in accounting and thus has shown he is capable of think on a certain level and (more importantly) possessing the discipline to do something with this thinking on a regulair basis. Tito does not has this to fall back on so what would can the UFC offer him apart from a PR function against some half decent salary. I am not so sure Dana would like it if Zuffa obliged.They whole shtick off fighters doing commentary is a mixed bag anyways. Shamrock did reasonable okey if you compare him to the job Baroni did. Fox would be better of just hiring Rogan to do the commentary.

easedel site profile image  

4/13/12 10:08 AM by easedel

Could be a paperweight

syringe full of horse meat site profile image  

4/13/12 7:37 AM by syringe full of horse meat

"Let me tell you how you're feelin right now" "You are the best pound for pound heavyweight in the world buddy."

ElTriangulo site profile image  

4/13/12 6:39 AM by ElTriangulo

lol. Every Tito thread has that video of his post fight interviews with affliction in it

Roy Batty site profile image  

4/13/12 3:40 AM by Roy Batty

Dana should still appear here and there, but this would be great, IMO. Change things up a bit, and give DFW more time to do other stuff, maybe even sleep a bit!

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4/13/12 3:37 AM by Roy Batty

LMAO!!! Second I saw the thread title I started planning out a fake memo with "myself" to be included in it about 46 times.

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4/13/12 12:07 AM by gabemadrid

Agree

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4/13/12 12:01 AM by jaytrainwreck

Tito Mic= ???