Up-and-coming UFC heavyweight Matt “Meathead” Mitrione recently took a swipe at Tito Ortiz and his wife Jenna Jameson on his Mitrione Minute segment on MMAFighting.com’s The MMA Hour, where he said the following:
“We all know that Tito’s gonna give some type of excuse and back out [of his upcoming fight with Ryan Bader], so Jenna’s gonna have to step in and fight [Ryan] Bader for Tito’s honor. Bader, be really careful because it’s a trap fight. We all know that she’s awesome off her back and she’s got phenomenal top control, but remember that she doesn’t choke easily.”
The comments led to an altercation between the two at a recent Zuffa-held fighter summit, which we posted earlier, but have included again at the end of this article. Ortiz recently had the chance to give his side of the story on HDNet’s Inside MMA; here is what “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” had to say (props to Fighter’s Only for the transcription):
“I have been in this game for 14 years and yes I do talk a lot of smack,” said Ortiz. “Not one time have I brought anybody s family into – talking about their wife, girlfriends, kids, zero. I’ve been very respectful in this area. Matt Mitrione is a heavyweight, I am a light-heavyweight. He took it on himself to bring my name into discussion. Maybe the kid wants to get famous?
“He talked about my girlfriend Jenna Jameson very disrespectfully. I took it very personally. Then at the summit the kid comes up to me and tries to shake my hand. I was going to slap him but I don’t want to get sued and lose my nice family. But at the same time I stood up and pushed him off and said ‘get out of my face dude’.
“The guy was very disrespectful towards me. You don’t talk about another man’s woman. I don’t give a sh-t if you’re trying to sell a fight or what. I believe being respectful to another man’s woman or to their family in general is something you have to do, you have to be professional.
“This guy was a douche bag by saying what he said and then he tried to come up and kiss my butt, shake my hand. I never met the guy, I don’t know who the guy is but hey – you got your fifteen seconds of fame by me telling you what happened, and you’re still a douche.
“And then he goes on to say he will cut weight to fight me! Come on dude, what fight? At the same time, yeah he beat Kimbo, he is a guy coming up. Respect the fighters that paved the way for you to be here. I have been doing this for fourteen years. For a guy to step out of line and say what he said… I hope the fans believe what I’ve said on my side.”