Tito Ortiz understands why his soon-to-be opponent Rashad Evans talks trash about most of his opponents before fights. After all, he’s the sport’s original bad boy.
Having maintained that he’s heading in a new, more positive direction with his life and career, Ortiz recently explained to ESPN.com what the difference is between himself and Evans and why Suga’s going to find himself in hot water on account of his mouth.
“I invented this role of the s*** talker in the UFC,” Ortiz wrote in a blog piece for ESPN.com. “I was the first guy to do this and blow up because of it. I talked a ton of s*** about a lot of guys before fights to get attention and to establish my name and my Punishment brand.
“But I backed it up. All those title wins, being champion for longer than anyone else … and even the fights I did lose, I still backed up what I had been saying.
“Now Rashad’s taking over that role. He talks a lot of crap, but I don’t think Rashad backs his big mouth up like I did mine. Rashad isn’t me of course … I am the longest-reigning UFC 205-pound champion ever, and he couldn’t hold on to the belt for one defense.
“He talked a lot about my friend Quinton Jackson, but he didn’t want to fight when it was time to go into the Octagon.
“Now he’s making a big mistake talking about me being ‘lucky’ to beat Bader and get this fight with him. His ass can’t cash this check.”
Ortiz intends to make Evans pay up and he’ll get the chance this August 6, when he meets Evans in the cage for the second time in the main event of UFC 133, which will go down at the Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.