Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz made it known with his stunning UFC 132 victory over Ryan Bader that he’s back in the hunt for the title he once held.
Many of Ortiz’s peers don’t seem to be in much of a hurry to call out the current champion, 24-year-old wunderkind Jonny “Bones” Jones, and neither is Ortiz, really, but The Huntington Beach Bad Boy knows that Bones holds the belt and that he’s going to have to go through him to get it — and he’s just fine with that.
“Jon Jones, I think he’s an amazing champion,” Ortiz said. “I think he’s great, I hung out with him once in Vegas at the summit and I think he’s a cool cat. As a competitor, he’s fast, punches awkward, great wrestling ability — he’s a big threat. That’s why he’s the world champion, and I have some work cut out for me. I’m very excited and challenged to do that, but before anybody I’ve got to fight Rashad.”
On his bout with Rashad, which is set to go down on August 6 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the main event of UFC 133, Ortiz believes that all of the pressure is on Evans’ shoulders and he’s ready to let Suga know exactly what he has left in the tank come fight night.
“It’s his time to shine. All the pressure’s on him, it’s his time to shine,” said Ortiz. “He’s supposed to beat Tito Ortiz. I’m here to show why I am still here, and I’ve been here since 1997. I ain’t going anywhere any time soon.”