Tito: I will be fighting my last fight July 4 weekend

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The career of Tito Ortiz spans 15 years. At his peak he was the UFC lightheavyweight champion, the sport’s biggest PPV draw, and more. He proved that mixed martial arts could be viable, at a point where its future was in doubt. In now small way, he carried MMA.

As the caliber of the athlete has markedly improved, as exemplified by current lightheavyweight champion Jon Jones, Tito’s skill have fallen just, barely, short. He has gone 1-5 his last six fights, although many of them were highly competitive.

After losing to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the first round at UFC 140 in Dec. 10, many fans thought that was the end.

It’s not. Tito wants one more fight, n July 4th, against Forrest Griffin or Chuck Liddell. As Liddell is firmly retired, that would leave a rubber match with fellow ex lightheavyweight champion Forrest Griffin as the most likely scenario.

July, hopefully Fourth of July weekend I will be fighting my last fight and I will be done,” Tito said (see video below). That’s it; it’s time to walk away.

“You know, Forrest, or I know everybody would like to see me against Chuck (Liddell) and, I don’t know.

“We will see what Lorenzo and Dana have to offer and see what they want to do. I’ll sit down with Lorenzo and Dana next week and let’s see, let’s make a fight, my last fight and let’s make a memorable one.”