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Is Tito going to retire when he loses?

While Dana White wasn’t willing to comment on Tito’s claim that he had to beg the promotion for another fight, there was no pussyfooting around what was going to happen if Ortiz lost to Bader – he’d be out of the UFC. But does that mean he’d retire? Tito addressed the situation at yesterday’s UFC 132 press conference:

“I still think I have a lot more fight in me,” he said. “I’m going out on my own terms. I fight the top competitors, the top guys in the world. Every one of my fights in my last four losses I fought top guys in the world.”

But if Bader pulls off the victory on Saturday – and oddsmakers are giving him about an 80 percent chance of doing so – Ortiz seems content if it’ll signify the end of his 14-year career. After all, he’s pleased with his accomplishments.

“I think Saturday night will tell everything,” he said. “My goals, I think I’ve achieved everything under the sun in mixed martial arts. I’ve done things many things people have never seen. I’m thankful for it.”

Lemme clarify this for ya: there’s no way Tito’s gonna retire after this. The UFC firing will just lead us into another hellish round of free agency – for those who remembered the last batch back in 2008 / 2009, let me just tell you now it was not enjoyable. Every day a new promotion was wooing Tito, and he was slutting it up with all of them for headlines. While you gotta give Dana White a hand for fanning the flames of fans’ Tito hatred, I still think it was Tito being a douche during this period that really turned the corner for a lot of people.

And why would it be any different now? Does Tito seem like a guy who’s lost his love of money? Didn’t he just split up with his Sugarmomma? Are there not several promotions trying to become the new number 2 in North America? Aren’t they all run by old-ideas morons who are clueless enough to think Tito’s worth serious money? Isn’t 205 so thin outside the UFC that Tito might actually win a fight again?

In case you were wondering, the answers to those: it won’t be any different, hells to the no, yes, yes, unfortunately yes, and probably not but at least it’ll be fun to watch him fail.

9 COMMENTS
  • Billytk says:

    Like him or not the competition @ 205 is so thin that outside the UFC Tito would probably be champ @ 205 in another promotion

  • CAP says:

    He’ll linger somewhere for a while but his UFC run will be over with another loss. I wonder how long Dana has been waiting for this day.

  • Letibleu says:

    Raise your hands those that think he will be overly tentative tomorrow and make it freaking boring.

  • CAP says:

    From Tito’s perspective, lay n pray is probably best case scenerio for him. What’s the fist injury that comes out of his mouth after? Broken heart?

  • Symbul says:

    Someone like Bellator might conceivably pick him up but I really doubt he could fit into their format. There’s no way he’s fighting 3 times in 3 months in one of their tournaments. That’s a young man’s game and Tito is old in the sport. His asking price is also pretty high and I doubt he’d be content with fighting relatively no-name fighters.

    As for the fight tomorrow night I’m pretty sure it’ll look just like the Hamill fight. Conceding takedowns between getting tagged a little on the feet and laying on the floor. 30-27 Bader.

  • matthewpolly says:

    I think too much is made of the Dana/Tito connection–that is master/obnoxious slave. The real connection is between Ken and Tito. Those two are soulmates. And Tito will check out sometime slightly after they carry Ken out in a bodybag.

    Actually maybe a little longer, because Ken stuck with his original wife and didn’t blow through all his money. Ken’s was an ego trip. Tito married a whore who was vastly richer than him and he desperately wants to hang with that sad-sack crowd that surrounds her. He’ll never have enough money, because he can’t help spending it as fast as he makes it. So his will be an ignoble end.

    That said, I’m giving odds that he makes it a competitive fight. His back is to the wall and I’m not overwhelmed by Bader. But I’m likely to be proved wrong again.

  • Letibleu says:

    Bader had purple lips in the promo video. I think he may be the first octagon death. Not by Tito’s hand but rather by massive heart attack due to something other than Tito.

    If someone dies during the fight, does the opponent win?

    Its not a TKO…

    Its not a KO..

    Is it just an O?

  • Komodo says:

    Raise your hands those that think he will be overly tentative tomorrow and make it freaking boring.

     

    *raises hand

     

    I’d be shocked by anything but, as far as Tito’s concerned.

  • matthewpolly says:

    It’s is totally obnoxious to quote oneself, however…

    “That said, I’m giving odds that he [Tito] makes it a competitive fight. His back is to the wall and I’m not overwhelmed by Bader. But I’m likely to be proved wrong again.”

    Long live, Tito!

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