Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz had a long-standing feud with UFC president Dana White a few years back. While the two have patched things up for the most part, Ortiz still gives credit to White for several things he picked up during his career.
Ortiz, who is now in more of a business-role in MMA, is the manager for former Strikeforce female champion Cris Cyborg. Ortiz was recently on UFC Tonight and discussed his relationship with Cyborg, who is looking to compete in the UFC’s new female division.
“I have almost managed my whole career, except when Dana White managed me early in my career,” Ortiz said. “And he taught me a lot of things and walked me through things. It made me smarter and now as a manger, I can make better decisions for my fighters that I didn’t make in my career.”
One of those concerns Cyborg and her weight cut to meet Ronda Rousey at 135 pounds. Ortiz believes the cut is too much for Cyborg too make, adding that Cyborg told him, “as a women, it’s hard to cut down.”
White made it clear when he announced Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche for later this year that the UFC worked hard to secure Cyborg for the bout, but that her team informed them she would be unable to get to 135 pounds. Ortiz said that if “she can cut the weight in a healthy way and the doctor can approve it, then let’s see the fight happen.”