As expected, Tito Ortiz announced last night on “The Ultimate Fighter 11” he will be forced to relinquish coaching duties immediately in order to undergo neck surgery.
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” states that one of the discs in his back is pressing on his spinal cord, causing his legs to tingle – which makes it impossible for him to sleep. Ortiz had extensive back surgery in October 2008, however his doctor informed him his impending procedure will be “10-15% easier.”
“If I keep chancing myself or fighting injured, I’m going to hurt myself worse,” Ortiz said. “I”m not going to make the same mistake I’ve made before. I’m not going to let Chuck [Liddell] beat me because I wasn’t 100 percent. No way.”
The foes were slated to complete their trilogy once filming wrapped on the reality show, however it appears this longstanding feud will be put on the back burner. Rich Franklin replaced Ortiz as TUF 11 coach, and he and Liddell are set to headline UFC 115 on June 12th.
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