After a decision loss to Matt Hamill at UFC 121 left him with a recent record of 0-4-1 Tito Ortiz appeared to be destined for the exit door.
In a somewhat surprise move Dana White didn’t release him, but rather gave him one last chance against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 128 in March.
The former champion is well aware that it’s not going to be an easy fight for him to get back to winning ways with.
“The rumor is true, I will be fighting Lil Nog in March in the UFC, and my hands are full as always, everyone you fight in the UFC is tough, you know,” Ortiz tells FightHubTV.
“Nog’s one of the best guys in the world, a ranked fighter. He’s great with his hands, great with his wrestling and great in jiu-jitsu. It’s just one of those things, I just got to prepare and do the right things to make the fight go my way, and you know, fight my ass off and entertain, as I do in each and every one of my fights.”
His job may be on the line, but according to Ortiz even if he loses to Nogueira he’s going to continue fighting.
“I’m going to fight no matter what. In [Dana’s] mind it may be my last fight – Nah, not at all. I’m going to continue to fight, Win, lose or draw I’m fighting no matter what. I’m healthy now. I got a new back, I got a new neck. I went through major back surgery, major neck surgery. I wouldn’t have gone through that if I wasn’t serious about my career.
“I’m only 36 years old, I believe I still have three or four more years of solid fighting. When I start getting knocked out in each one of my fights then it’s time for me to hang them up, but I’ve never been knocked out unconscious ever. After every one of my loses I’ve always stood on my feet, and I’ve always given a hell of a fight every time I’ve fought.”
Check out Ortiz full interview below.