An interesting side not came out of UFC president Dana White’s recent video blog for UFC 149: Faber vs. Barao. During the course of filming, the camera caught up with Tito Ortiz.
Ortiz, who lost his final bout with Forrest Griffin at UFC 148: Silva vs. Sonnen II, told a member of the Nevada Athletic Commission that he had surgery eight weeks prior to facing Griffin. The end result, well, Ortiz explained that.
“My meniscus, I had 50-percent of it taken out eight weeks ago,” Ortiz said. “It sucks when I can’t (expletive) do cardio. I didn’t run this whole camp. I couldn’t.”
Now, Ortiz wasn’t saying this was the exact reason for his decision loss to Griffin, but it kind of seemed like he might be giving himself a built-in excuse. Regardless, Ortiz leaves the sport as one of the best light heavyweights in history, having worn the UFC title and earning a spot in the hall of fame.