Tito Ortiz Addresses Prolonged Choke of Ryan Bader at UFC 132

Written by Tom Ngo
July 5th, 2011

UFC Light Heavyweight Tito Ortiz

In true keyboard warrior fashion, Tito Ortiz’s detractors quickly discovered a way to try and tarnish “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’s” first Octagon win in nearly five years. After getting Ryan Bader to tapout to an arm-in guillotine at UFC 132, Ortiz’s first submission victory in almost 11 years, some may have noticed it took the former light heavyweight champ a tad too long to release the hold.

“I had an out-of-body experience,” Ortiz said at the post-fight press conference. “It’s like I was watching myself do it. Everything was in slow-mo. It was kind of like in the ‘Matrix.’ It was weird. For the first time, everything was super, super slow.

“I didn’t want to let go because I wasn’t sure what was going on because like I said, I had an out-of-body experience. I didn’t know how to react. I was like, ‘I’m not letting go until the referee rips me off.’ I don’t mean to hold on to a submission longer than I was supposed to, but I wasn’t letting go. I wanted to win. I’m like an animal out there.”

With his back pressed firmly against the Octagon’s wall, Ortiz came out swinging and found a way to extend his iconic 14-year career. The 36-year-old credits the masterful work of the surgeons that repaired his neck and back last year.

“The surgeries I’ve done, athletes don’t come back. They’re done. Not me. I have too much drive,” Ortiz expressed. “I’m healthy now. I feel great. Once again, I’m going to leave my career in my hands.

“I want to fight top guys. I want to fight guys with big names. I want to give fans want they want to see. I want the biggest fights in the world.”

Ortiz now dons a 16-8-1 professional record. Prior to Saturday’s surprising victory, he had gone 0-4-1 over his last five outings and claimed to have begged UFC president Dana White for one final opportunity.

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