“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz should be fighting this Saturday night in Vancouver but a nasty neck injury has forced him out of that bout, against rival Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, and he has faced very harsh and very public ridicule from Liddell as a result. Ortiz recently told MMAFighting’s Mike Chiapetta during Spike’s Inside The Ultimate Fighter podcast that the criticism has not gone unnoticed and that he hopes to face Liddell as soon as possible.
“I think we should still fight, just because of the s— he’s been saying,” said Ortiz. “Saying that I’m afraid of him and I’m a p—-, this and that. Go f— yourself man. Are you kidding me? Has he ever defended his world title longer than me? No. Has any light-heavyweight ever defended the world title longer than me? No. I’m only 35 years old. I’ll be back in the cage again, and I’ll be dominating.”
Despite the animosity that Ortiz harbors for his former friend and training partner, he is hoping that “The Iceman” takes home a victory on Saturday–likely so that they may fight again.
“Hopefully Chuck will get a knockout in the first round,” he said. “Yes, I am rooting for Chuck to win.”
You can see tomorrow night on pey-per-view whether or not Tito’s wish comes true; Liddell and Franklin will square off as the main event of UFC 115 which is going to be broadcast live from the General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.