Is there life after fighting? Sure there is. It’s debatable, however, how good that life is after you’ve tasted what it’s like to be a champion. Take former light-heavyweight king Tito Ortiz, who retired from the cage not too long ago: He’s got his Punishment Athletics clothing line going for him, and he manages Cris “Cyborg” Santos, but it seems like there’s still a little lingering angst there. On the other end of the spectrum is former welterweight champ Matt Serra, who’s got two schools and a healthy stable of fighters that includes contenders Chris Weidman and Costas Philippou. Talk to him about being on the cusp of retiring and he’s cool with it, embraces it, and even seems happy about it. Is it just that Ortiz and Serra have two very different personalities? I don’t know the answer, but it’s something to ponder. Here’s some news.
– Ortiz rapped with MMAFighting’s Ariel Helwani yesterday. Here’s a little rundown of what was said, courtesy of Shaun Al-Shatti.
– Here’s Serra talking a bit about what’s next now that Matt Hughes – who he’d like to have fought again – is officially retired. Sean Sherk, anyone?
– Chael Sonnen has been on a “nice” streak lately. He came across as a cool, genuine dude on last week’s episode of TUF, and here he is heaping praise on Ronda Rousey. Whither thou goest, Chael Sonnen the Villain?
– Speaking of TUF, here’s part one of an interview I did with TUF 17 standout Uriah Hall.