Matyushenko still hopeful for rematch with Tito Ortiz

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Although Matyushenko added that generally speaking he’s “skeptical” about fighters who pick and choose their opponents, he did relay that there is one loss he is still hoping to avenge

“Tito Ortiz would be good,” said Matyushenko, who lost to Ortiz by unanimous decision at UFC 33 in 2001. “He’s at that point in his career and I think it would be a good fight. I think a lot of fans would want to see that fight, so that would be good, but again, I don’t really want to pick and choose. I put it in the hands of the UFC. I think it’s almost cheating or chicken not to take fights. If someone’s willing to fight me I’ll fight.”

But what about the fact that Ortiz says he plans on retiring, after he fights Forrest Griffin for a third time at UFC 148 on July 7th?

“I think it’s still a possibility,” said Matyushenko. “In our case, it’s not just the will to fight but being able to as far as if he’s healthy, and if the timing is good, I think it’s very possible.”

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