After Tito Ortiz dropped a convincing unanimous decision to Matt Hamill at UFC 121, plummeting his record to 0-4-1 over his last five contests, most believed “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’s” Octagon days were a thing of the past – including the vote that mattered the most.
“I thought I was gonna cut him, too,” UFC president Dana White told a hoard of reporters following today’s UFC 123 press conference.
The former light heavyweight champ holds a respectable 15-8-1 record, with all but one of his scraps coming for the world’s premier MMA promotion. However, it can be argued the soon-to-be 36-year-old hasn’t posted a significant win since taking a split decision from Vitor Belfort at UFC 51 way back in February of 2005.
“Tito said, ‘I’m not done. I feel healthy, I feel good,’” White said of Ortiz’s sales pitch. “He asked me for one more chance, so I’m gonna do it.
“[See], I’m not the evil bastard everybody thinks I am.”
Ortiz’s last hurrah could come against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a yet-to-be announced UFC 128 event in March 2011. It will be Mr. Jameson’s swan song if he loses, right Dana?
“This is definitely his last chance. And he knows that, too,” White emphatically stated.