White: Tito, Rousey blows you out of the water

Friday, February 01, 2013

UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz recently appeared on The MMA Hour and took issue with Ronda Rousey. The former Olympian and current UFC Women’s bantamweight championwho has insisted that Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos, who is managed by Ortiz, must drop to 135 to fight her.

“I think it should be more about the women’s division in general, than about one person,” said Ortiz. “Ronda’s fought maybe, what, five times now? Or only five times now? To do that to somebody, it just shows disrespect towards all the other women fighters that are in that weight class.

“I think she’s believing the hype a little bit too much. She hasn’t proven anything yet.”

UFC president Dana White said he hadn’t thought of it that way, but was grateful for the insight.


“Tito Ortiz came out the other day and said, ‘What has Ronda Rousey done? Ronda Rousey hasn’t even proven herself yet. She hasn’t proven herself'” said White. “What the f—! Tito was a junior college wrestler. Ronda is an Olympic-level athlete who won a f—ing medal at the Olympics. Ronda Rousey’s first nine fights have gone nine minutes and 28 seconds. Tito Ortiz’s first nine fights went 40 minutes and 45 seconds.

“What the f— are you talking about, Tito? She blows you out of the water when it comes to accomplishing things at the same point in your age and career. She smokes you. She buries you. She’s in another universe. I get it–he’s a manager now and he’s got to get out there and say some goofy s—. But c’mon. Do your homework, Tito.”

Ortiz responded, via Twitter.

“Im in the hall of fame because I helped put the @UFC on the map,” said Tito. “By saying that @RondaRousey has blown my accomplishments away I guess @danawhite is saying that He has not only given her a belt without ever fighting in the octagon but I guess she already has earned hall of fame status before even one fight in the ufc- congrats Ronda! LOL.”