Former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz (16-11-1) noticed that the one key factor that Jon Jones (16-1) is missing, the mentality one. Jones’ refusal to fight on short notice was a major reasoning in Ortiz’s statement.
“I looked at it as he’s just a weak guy,” said Ortiz on MMA Junkie. “There’s a lot of minds stronger than that. It shows how he can just fold. Mentally, if he gets pressed and pressed during interviews, and all of a sudden he just totally turns himself around, you can’t be like that, man.”
Now as a manager, Ortiz looks to how he would have handled the UFC 151 issue from the side of a fighter’s management team.
“If it was my guy, I would want to help the company out,” said Ortiz. “I think it would be something that I would sit down and talk to Dana about to make the right decision for the company, and I think the fighter would have to understand that. I made those same decisions myself where I fought.”
As time goes on, the sport becomes more about money than the win-loss record according to Ortiz.
“When you’re young and you’re 22, 23, or 24, yeah, it’s strictly about fighting,” said Ortiz. But as you get older and you realize there’s no other business you’re going to go into, then you’ve got to treat it like a business and make the right decisions for your career.”