In the aftermath of UFC 121 there’s a huge amount of talking points, amongst them being the future of former UFC champion Tito Ortiz after losing to Matt Hamill.
At the post-fight press conference Ortiz was determined that he still had a future in both the sport and the UFC despite now having gone 0-4-1 in the past four years.
“It’s not even close to the end of my career,” Ortiz said defiantly when asked about retirement by one reporter.
“That hunger’s there. My heart hurts, my mind stays strong,” he said.
Of course the final decision as to whether he remains in the UFC or not does not lie in his hands.
“I don’t think Tito looked absolutely horrible tonight,” White said at the presser, damning with faint praise.
Later in an interview on ESPN 2 for ‘MMA Live’s post-fight show White gave the strongest hint yet that Ortiz day’s in the UFC may be numbered.
“He’s lost what, 4 in a row? And I think we know what happens when you lose 4 in a row,” he said.
“One of the things that is an absolute fact is I don’t care who you are, how long you’ve been around, or who you’ve beat, you have to stay active in the fight game. If you do not stay active, it’s hard to come back.”
Ortiz and White have had a difficult relationship over the years, and with ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ no longer the major box-office draw he once was, prone to injuries and unable to regain his form in the octagon it seems the UFC president may now be ready to wash his hands of him altogether.