Prior to signing the bout agreement to fight Matt Hamill, former light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz was keen to stress that he was a friend of the fighter who he once his first choice pick in the third season of The Ultimate Fighter.
“You won’t see any sh*t talking from me about Matt Hamill cos I think he’s an awesome guy,” said on his video blog when the fight was first announced.
Apparently Ortiz has now forgotten all about that though and is more than happy to stick the boot in with a series of below-the-belt remarks based on the fact that Hamill is deaf.
“He’s been babied his whole life coming from being deaf of course and he’s going to be babied after when I knock him out,” Ortiz said on the Inside MMA show this week.
This comment alone was an early indication that Ortiz is looking to reclaim his ‘bad boy’ image, but he was only just getting started.
“He’s slow; he’s like a big slow ox,” he continued. “I’m going to pick him apart and I know his corner can’t really tell him what to do and show him the mistakes he does.”
Ortiz then offered an off-the-wall theory regarding how Hamill’s deafness was going to work to his advantage.
“I’ve noticed he’s deaf, so he has a soft head, you hit him with more and more shots. You people don’t know this. Watch how Franklin knocked him out quick.
“You hit them with soft shots because their equilibrium, they don’t have no equilibrium. And you hit them with shots and you hit them with small shots, I’m not looking’ for big shots. I’m looking’ for small shots. Little small shots and by the second, middle of the third round you’re going to see someone going to sleep and I’ll snuggle him.”
What Ortiz fails to understand is that though some deaf people do have balance problems, many do not. Considering that Hamill doesn’t fall flat on his face for no apparent reason, has only suffered one TKO in his career and is generally believed to have a strong chin I like to think that his equilibrium is just fine.
It’s not the first time Ortiz has voiced theories like this though. For example, before his last bout with Forrest Griffin he mentioned that the TUF season 1 winner would be easier to knockout because he cuts a lot of weight before his fights, which in turn dehydrates his brain.
Despite that claim Ortiz has now went a total of six full rounds with Griffin without managing to putting him in any danger of being KO’d.
Watch Ortiz full interview with Inside MMA below.