It will have been almost two years since his last fight when Tito Ortiz meets Alexander Shlemenko at the Bellator PPV, but he remains focused on the task:
"I knew I had something left to give," Ortiz said. "I knew it was a matter of the right fight coming along, so when I heard Schlemenko call me out, it was like, okay, bring it. Shlemenko wants to make his name off of Tito Ortiz. He's not the first person ever to do this. People have been trying to use my name ever since I was the champ."
All of a sudden, you can hear the fire coming back, "Huntington Beach Bad Boy" style. The weariness is gone from Ortiz's voice and all of a sudden, if you close your eyes, it may as well be 2002 once again.
"You know what? I still want to fight Rampage," Ortiz said. "But that's for later. Right now all I'm thinking his Shlemenko. I'm eating Shlemenko, I'm sleeping Shlemenko, I'm s----ing Shlemenko. I promise the fans who tune in on May 17 that I'm going to give them everything I have."
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