“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” Tito Ortiz, has been holding the MMA world hostage the past few months, as he continues to negotiate deals with various organizations, including his previous employer, the UFC. Now the former light heavyweight champion is stating that he is closing in on signing with a new promotion, with an announcement coming by the end of the month.
“Most likely I’m not going with the UFC, that’s about 99% sure that that’s not happening,” Ortiz told MMAWeekly.com. “I’ve got to be thankful for Lorenzo (Fertitta, UFC co-owner), what he gave me to this point, but it’s too bad that they have a president the way he is, just hot headed the way he is, takes everything personal and I wash my hands clean.
“I did as much as I possibly could for them, and they did as much as they possibly could for me.”
Everyone within the MMA community expected that Ortiz’ career in the Octagon was over, especially after UFC President Dana White stated that he was, “out of the Tito Ortiz business,” when Ortiz’ contract expired in May. So it was surprising to many that the two sides had even opened up talks about another return to the UFC.
“I’m in the midst of possibly signing with somebody. I’m going to go to a company that’s going to take me very seriously and use everything that they can use for me. In the public, in fights, in everything,” Ortiz stated. “I’m going to move on and I’m going to try another company out, I’m going to see how it goes. By the end of this month there will be a big news break, where Tito Ortiz is going and what I did for a contract.”
Now that it is almost a certainty that that Ortiz is headed elsewhere, the questions remain, who will be his new employer and when will the 33-year old start fighting again?
“I’m really excited and by the end of this month I’ll let everyone know where I’m going,” Ortiz said.
As he continues to remain tight lipped on his future, one thing is for sure, his new organization will be inheriting one of the biggest and most popular names in all of MMA. The question is, does he still have anything left in the tank, as he has not won a fight in almost two years, and not a significant fight in almost three years.