Matt Mitrione Explains Confrontation with Tito Ortiz

Written by Tom Ngo
May 17th, 2011

UFC Heavyweight Matt Mitrione TUF

During last week’s UFC Fighter Summit, Matt Mitrione and Tito Ortiz got into a heated discussion regarding Mitrione’s harsh comments about Jenna Jameson, the mother of Ortiz’s twin boys. Complimenting one’s baby momma on her abilities to work off her back would enrage any man, let alone a former light heavyweight champion who has kids with the former porn star.

While Ortiz’s emotional response to meeting the heavyweight was an expected one, Mitrione appeared as a guest on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour to explain his side of the story. Once again, Mitrione spoke candidly about his relationship with “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.”

“I rip on Tito freely all the time, and I have no issues or qualms with ripping on him,” Mitrione matter-of-factly stated. “I do it publicly, I do it privately, I do it wherever. But I’d never met him before in person, so I kind of felt like I should at least honestly go and introduce myself to him, so that way he can never be like, ‘I’ve never met that coward and blah, blah, blah.’

“I wanted to go up to him and be like, ‘Hey, I’m Matt. I’m the dude who throws heat on you.’”

That may have been Mitrione’s intent, but the end result was THIS. “Meathead” claims that when he went to greet Ortiz, “He stood up he said, ‘Yeah, I know who you are,’ and he … pushed me. All in one movement.”

Mitrione was clearly an eager beaver to introduce himself to Ortiz that morning, as he posted “That’s @titoortiz sitting front row. I haven’t had the opportunity to meet him yet!” on his Twitter moments before the altercation.

At the end of the day, Mitrione completely understands Ortiz needed to defend his woman’s honor. At the same time, there’s always one way to settle things if the beef isn’t squashed.

“I think that Tito didn’t necessarily want to fight me about it, but I think he felt like, as a man, he had to pop up and do something about it. And I respect that. I respect that completely,” Mitrione stated. “But if he’s not satisfied with what went on … then we can scrap.

“If not, if you’re cool with it, then I’m cool with it, too.”

Mitrione said he apologized to UFC president Dana White for interrupting the company’s seminar with their schoolyard nonsense. The 265-pounder also told White he’d be willing to drop in weight in order to retire Ortiz, if Ryan Bader doesn’t do so at UFC 132.

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