Tito Ortiz is one of the few fighters who can say they spent basically their entire career for the UFC. All but one of Ortiz’s 28 career fights occurred for the UFC, where he held gold and is a member of their hall of fame. His debut in Bellator also marks his return from retirement.
“My future is solidified and I’m happy about it,” said Ortiz during Bellator’s media call. “I’m strong, healthy and I want to fight. My mind is in a better place to compete. People saw what I did to Ryan Bader. All I did was train, be with my kids, and I was there. When my back is against the wall, and I’m not expected to do anything special, I do something special.”
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” spent the last year getting several surgeries, including one for his ACL. The 38-year-old Ortiz isn’t ready to leave his career as he did. His final UFC stint ended at 1-7 and off three defeats.
Ortiz vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson headlines Bellator 106. It’s their first PPV and comes from the Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, CA on November 2.