That’s right, that headline is correct, Tito Ortiz is looking to return from retirement, again.
The UFC Hall of Famer, who recently reentered retirement after his Golden Boy MMA 1 win over Chuck Liddell, is planning a return to fighting.
Ortiz is looking to fight the man he fought in his other most recent retirement fight, Chael Sonnen. Sonnen was a vocal critic of Ortiz and Liddell’s return to Pay-Per-View in late 2018, which Ortiz took as a declaration of war.
“[Chael] started it,” Ortiz told TMZ Sports recently. “As Chuck started it. And Chuck only lasted what, four and a half minutes? He called me out man. I’m gonna stay in retirement. I’m still gonna stay retired, and I’m gonna smash Chael. I’m not gonna choke him, I’m not gonna submit him, I’m gonna smash him. I’ll put a show on for every one of the fans. That’s what I’m gonna do.”
Ortiz submitted Sonnen in their meeting in 2017, but Sonnen would stay active getting past Rampage Jackson in the first round of the heavyweight grand-prix, only to fall to Fedor Emelianenko in the tournament’s semi-finals.
“This guy has a loud mouth,” Ortiz said of the fighter/ESPN analyst. “I’m gonna shut him up. Like I say: I’m not gonna choke him, I’m not gonna submit him, I’m gonna pummel him for three rounds. And give the fans what they want to see, and that’s a great fight.”
While Ortiz pledged after beating Liddell that he would help run Golden Boy MMA, it seems that the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” is looking to return to the Bellator cage and fight at the “World’s Most Famous Arena.
“I don’t know [where],” said Ortiz. “I’ve never fought at Madison Square Garden, so possibly Madison Square Garden. That’ll be the first thing.
“I was the first UFC fighter – mixed martial artist – to ever fight in California. First one. First one to fight in Las Vegas. First one. First one to fight in Florida. First one. So, I’d like to just add to my repertoire of being able to go to Madison Square Garden and fight. Where the greatest have fought. People like Ali, people like Frazier, people like Foreman. Just to do something great for mixed martial arts, at the expense of Chael Sonnen.”
Quotes Transcribed By MMA Fighting