Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has given more details on the car crash he was involved in at the weekend in California that left his Rolls Royce Phantom damaged.
At the time the incident was first reported it wasn’t clear who was at fault, but now “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has confessed that he was at fault.
“I was taking a day off from training and driving in my Rolls-Royce Phantom, my pride and joy, and I looked down at my phone for literally one second because I had a text — and I crashed my Phantom,” Ortiz writes in a blog for ESPN.com.
Three cars were involved in the resulting accident, but thankfully since Ortiz had only been driving at 20mph at the time no-one was injured. It’s proven to be a costly error of judgement for the fighter however.
“The car is worth $300,000 and I did about $45,000 worth of damage. Just so, so depressing. Putting it another way: after tax, that’s my entire “Submission of the night” bonus from choking out Ryan Bader at UFC 132.”
Ouch, that’s gotta hurt. Still he learned a valuable lesson.
“Seriously, kids, don’t text and drive,” he says.
It’s somewhat ironic that Ortiz writes this on ESPN given that the network’s ‘MMA Live’ show anchor Jon Anik always end his broadcasts by saying just that – “Don’t text and drive.”
Ortiz is now putting his focus back on his training camp for next month’s showdown with Rashad Evans at UFC 133.