Tito Ortiz has some things he’d like to get off his chest. He’s been embroiled in a very personal war of words with UFC president and his formal personal manager, Dana White. White has repeatedly berated Ortiz for speaking out against the organizations pay structure; calling for the fighters to get a higher percentage of revenues.
“Tito is an idiot,” said White during a recent conference call. “He’s one of the dumbest human beings I’ve ever met. Everything that comes out of his mouth makes no sense. And I just have no interest in being in the Tito Ortiz business anymore. Listen, I put up with his shit when he was a good fighter, you know. … He’s not anymore and I’m just done.”
Ortiz responded with the following, promising to say his piece at the end of his fight with Machida.
“I’m very, very motivated. I’ve been in training camp for nine weeks. This is the longest training camp I’ve ever had. I haven’t had any injuries, I’m ready man. I’m mentally focused, I’m physically focused. I’m ready to compete. Machida’s going to be at the bad end of the stick because when my hand’s raised and he’s a bloody mess, I’m going to look at Dana White and I’ll say my piece.”
It will be interesting to see if the UFC gives Ortiz, who is likely fighting his last fight for the organization, the opportunity to address his fans after the fight, win or lose.