Despite his claims made on a podcast earlier this week, Tito Ortiz now finds himself apologizing to UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones and UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier.
Earlier this week, Ortiz was a guest on the Domenick Nati podcast, where he discussed his upcoming return to MMA with a bout against Alberto El Patron (aka Alberto Del Rio) in Combate Americas and possibly killing Chuck Liddell if they fought a fourth time.
In addition, Ortiz made the claim that with the right fight camp time and preparations, he’d be able to hold his own and defeat the two current UFC champions.
When Cormier caught wind of the story, his response via social media was short but simple.
Now, for reasons unknown and taking the MMA community by surprise, Ortiz apologized to Jones and Cormier in an Instagram video.
“I did an interview earlier this week and the reporter asked, ‘How would I do against Jon Jones in my prime?’ And my response was in a negative and disrespectful manner to both fighters,” Ortiz said. “Jon Jones, you’re one of the greatest light heavyweight champions to ever grace the Octagon. Daniel Cormier, you’re one of the greatest light heavyweights and the greatest heavyweight champion to ever grace the Octagon.
I respect both of you guys tremendously and for the first time in my career, I was in the wrong in this interview. So I hope you guys can take my apology because I respect both you guys like no other in and out of the cage.
Ortiz vs. Del Rio/El Patron is expected to take place this fall.