In the lead up to his return to MMA against Chuck Liddell and after knocking Liddell out in the first round, Tito Ortiz was singing the praises of Golden Boy MMA.
The UFC Hall of Famer would go as far to say that he and Liddell would build Golden Boy MMA into a competitor after their November 2018 fight at The Forum in Los Angeles.
To this day, there has yet to be any mention of a return of the MMA brand, as fighters have been resistant to fighting due to less than stellar pay.
Now, in an interview with The Schmo, Ortiz sided with his former boss Dana White in claiming Golden Boy founder Oscar De La Hoya was out of his depth in promoting MMA.
“I think he made a lot of mistakes, but at the same time, for a boxing promoter to come into mixed martial arts, it’s a different animal,” Ortiz said. “Dana was right.”
Instead of a second Golden Boy MMA event, Ortiz would sign with UFC co-founder Campbell McClaren’s Combate Americas, and may fight next against former WWE star Alberto Del Rio, who not only is an executive with Combate, but fought in PRIDE FC under his original pro wrestling alias, Dos Caras Jr.