Last week we finally learned the reason Tito Ortiz had failed to finish coaching the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter and had pulled out of his upcoming fight with Chuck Liddell.
The former champion’s doctor had recommended he have neck surgery and Ortiz opted to have it done right away rather than risk aggravating the injury further.
In a new video blog Ortiz is seen speaking with his doctor several weeks after having had the operation that will hopefully fix the numbness, headaches and other issues he has been dealing with. The doctor informs him it may still be 6-12 months before he recovers completely, but appears pleased with his progress so far.
In an interview with FightMagazine at the UFC Fan Expo last weekend Ortiz says that he’s looking to get back into training soon.
“I’m about 40% you know with my neck just because of it’s only six weeks after surgery. You know you guys can see the scar that I got out of it and a year or so it’ll be gone, hopefully, but in the next two months I’ll be back into training. Yesterday, actually my doctor gave me the go ahead to start doing weight-training, boxing, so… you know, slow steps, but getting back to where I’m healthy and no more pain and able to fight at my full potential and that’s what I want to do, you know.”
It’s worth remembering that after his previous major surgery on his lower back Ortiz also stated that he was no longer feeling any pain and was going to get his title back, but yet it was evident in his rematch with Forrest Griffin that he wasn’t performing at the levels we had seen from him in the past.
There’s no doubting Ortiz determination to get back to fighting, but only time will tell if he really does get back to 100% fitness and can return to the form that saw him defend the light-heavyweight title five times in a row between 2000-2002.
Check out Ortiz full interview and video blog below.
Tito Ortiz Interview:
Tito Ortiz At The Doctors: