Tito “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz entertained a full
capacity crowd when he fought Lyoto Machida over at UFC 84. Tito kept all of his fans on their feet as they watched closely at Tito’s last performance in the UFC.
The excitement grew throughout the later rounds, especially when Tito almost locked in a triangle choke towards the end of the third
round. It would have been a great way to
finish off his UFC career, but life goes on. Tito shall be remembered for the
many great memories he gave us in the octagon. He will be missed as far as him fighting in the UFC. However, we’ll be sure to see him fight against in some other MMA organization.
Tito’s debut began in 1997 at UFC 13 and his career now ends at UFC 84, in 2008. He had notable fights against many UFC superstars including Guy Mezger, Frank Shamrock, Ken Shamrock Wanderlei Silva, Evan Tanner, Vitor Belfort, Patrick Cote, Forrest Griffin, Chuck Liddell and Lyoto Machida. There is just too many memories Tito has left all of us to keep.
Here’s the Huntington Beach Bad Boy as he talks about the
UFC and his future goals as a fighter:
“Me going to somewhere else is 100% happening…later on after
the fight was over, I was sitting down going over the loss, I think that’s when
it really touched me that that’s going to be my last time walking out for the
UFC…It’s really hard to say, but the president (Dana White), the way he treats me, I can’t
continue on with them. He’s a monster and I’m going to go elsewhere where they
respect me…I’m very thankful for the fans, every one of the fans, I even talked
to after and so forth, we’re like ‘we’re going to follow you no matter what
Tito, no matter where you go. We’re going to follow you.’ It’s just the fact of
getting the greatest fights ahead of me from this point on and continue my
career, turn the next chapter in my life…No, I’m not going back to the UFC, I
don’t want to…I can sleep now and not worry about what’s going to be said about
me. I don’t have to worry about what I have to say to make sure I say the right
thing. I’m sick of kissing ass and I’m not doing it anymore.”
(props to mmaweekly radio)