Former UFC light heavyweight champ Tito Ortiz had his body battered again this weekend to pick up his second loss in a row and his sixth in eight straight fights.
The former UFC light heavyweight champion came out on the wrong end of a TKO against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira on the main card of UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida over the weekend, bringing him to 1-6-1 in his last eight. Immediately after the fight, speculation over whether Ortiz would or should retire abounded, with UFC president Dana White being asked at the post-fight presser whether or not he would put the kibosh on Ortiz’s career.
“I don’t know, I’ve gotta talk to Tito. We’ll see. We’ll see. I honestly don’t know. I’m always looking out for guys’ health. It’s not like Tito got viciously knocked out tonight, he got hurt to the body,” said White. “We’ll see what happens. He’s in the hospital right now with something, they’re x-raying him. He could have a fractured or broken rib, those things take a long time to recover from. We’ll see.”
Though the UFC boss remained non-committal to the future of The People’s Champ, Ortiz himself has no doubt in his mind that he’ll return to the cage for one last battle.
“As I sit here as a man knowing I gave it my all in the cage on Saturday night. Makes me sad do to the loss but the support I get from my family and fans keep me focus on the next and last fight of my career,” Ortiz posted to his Twitter account. “What makes us strong as humans? Knowing no matter how hard life gets. It’s all a challenge to see what kind of character we have. I will fight again!”