UFC president Dana White appeared to confirm that former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz will be returning to the UFC. In a Tweet late Friday evening, the brash Prez stated he’s set to roll out the welcome wagon for the controversial fighter.
“I am going on espn 1100 in vegas at 6pm. I will be talking anything mma. Call in number is 702 364 1100! Oh yea and welcome back tito :),” White Tweeted at 4:22PM PT.
The rumor mill was a buzz last week after White and Ortiz each went on nationwide tours telling anyone and everyone that they had kissed and made up.
“I’m very thankful for Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta from the UFC and I’m glad that me and Dana (White) kind of got to brush each other off,” Ortiz told Crooklyn on Tapout Radio. “We may not still like each other or whatever but we came to amends — which is awesome.”
Awesome? It’s nothing short of miraculous considering their bitter history. Leading into his UFC 84 scrap against Lyoto Machida, the last on his UFC contract, Ortiz and White openly counted down the seconds until Ortiz’s UFC deal expired.
Following his unanimous decision loss that May evening, the brash president stated that, “I am out of the Tito Ortiz business,” and allowed his former light heavyweight champion to walk.
Last week, White did confirm that they were cordial, however far from comrades.
“Yes tito and I made up,” White Tweeted last week, following Ortiz’ interview. He immediately followed that Tweet up with, “Doesn’t mean he’s back it means we aren’t smashing each other anymore and we don’t hate each other.”
During White’s guest appearance on Friday’s ESPN 1100 Radiothon, the outspoken promoter was a little less definitive about Ortiz re-joining his promotion than he was just an hour earlier.
“Tito and I have been talking and we have been trying to see if we could figure things out,” said White. “I’ve said many times that Tito and I have some issues and we both need to grow up.”
It’s not really known what caused the change of heart, however it should be noted, which White has numerous times in the past, that the 34-year-old Ortiz has gone 0-2-1 over his last three fights, and hasn’t pulled off a significant win since he controversially defeated Forrest Griffin at UFC 59 back in 2006.