38-year-old UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz retired following a Fight of the Night winning loss to Forrest Griffin on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148. Earlier this month Ortiz indicated he was interested in fighting again, notably letting both the UFC and Bellator parent company Viacom know about it, via Twitter.
Tito Ortiz @titoortiz
•Fighting is starting to sound fun again. ??????#Peopleschamp #comeback #Positive body is almost healed. @Punishment99 @ufc @Viacom @MTV @espn
•Come backs are always the best test! Live life to the fullest. #Positive
•Nice 2be a free agent.Need 2make a big decision 4my future 4my kids future. Nice 2 have a great surrounding and 2be healthy.#Positive 7yrs
•Don't count your chickens before they hatch! Damn time to look else where. #Positive
•First step too my future. #positive
•The final tweet was deleted, and included an image of the doormat at Bellator's corporate offices, which reads 5000 Birch. The Newport Beach, California address is near Ortiz's home. Bellator recently signed Tito's longtime friend Quinton 'Rampage' Jackson.
UFC president Dana White offered a characteristically blunt response.
"Who gives a s--t?" White said.
"Tito's lost every fight he's had for the last three years or something? He won one fight in the last three years against Ryan Bader. Tito hung in there and made some more money. He was a guy who was around in the early days. It's time for Tito to move on."
"Tito's going to have to do whatever Tito's going to have to do. Tito is the guy who back in the early days was like, 'I'm going to retire young from this sport. I'm going to become an actor, and my Punishment Athletics line is going through the roof. I'm not going to be that guy who hangs around the sport.' Does anybody remember all that s---?
"Now Tito's like, 'Yeah, I think I'm going to come back. I haven't won a fight in three years, and I'm old.' Obviously, Tito needs money. That's the only reason he would come back."
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