Earlier this year Tito Ortiz was forced to cancel his fight with Chuck Liddell at UFC 115, cut short his stint being a coach on The Ultimate Fighter and head to hospital for neck surgery.
After being successfully operated on Ortiz has been on the long road back to recovery, but it appears he’s going to be stepping back into the octagon before the end of the year.
“I’ll be back at the end of November,” he tells MMABay in a new interview. “I’d like to fight Forrest. If Forrest would like to do a trilogy it’d be awesome. We gave two great fights both times we fought and we’ll get a triple fight more exciting than the last two.”
Many fans have been calling for him to fight Liddell as was originally planned when he does return, but according to Dana White, ‘The Iceman’s’ career in the UFC is over, something that Ortiz appears to agree is the right decision.
“As a fighter, I would love to kick his ass. As a human being, I don’t think he should fight anymore just because health is more important than fights. Grudge matches are important to sell, but at the same time he has kids to take care of and I don’t want nothin’ serious to happen to him. … that many times, it gets kinda scary.”
I’m not convinced a third fight with Griffin is the way to go at this stage. Their last encounter failed to capture people’s attention and after a long time off through injury Ortiz gave a lackluster performance.
After yet more time on the sidelines due to major surgery I don’t think you can bring him straight back into a big fight that could be the main or co-main event of a big card. Instead someone like Griffin’s TUF season 1 cohort Stephan Bonnar would be more suitable at this stage.
Listen to Ortiz full audio interview below.