UFC 132 is a Win or Retire Match for Tito Ortiz
"I pretty much begged for my job, to show how much I want to fight." --- Tito Ortiz, UFC Light Heavyweight Fighter
Albeit he has lost four of his last five fights, Tito Ortiz is making a hefty paycheck in UFC. But whether he is earning his keep is a matter of perspective. Either UFC believes that Tito Ortiz is not keeping his end of the bargain, or they are concerned with the fighter’s safety that they asked him to retire after his match against Matt Hamill.
Tito Ortiz revealed in The Telegraph:
“The UFC called me after that fight and said ‘we want you to retire.’ I was shocked, I thought they were kidding around. I took it as they didn’t want to pay me, to give me what I’m worth. I’m competing against the top guys and I’m not getting dominated.
“I pretty much begged for my job, to show how much I want to fight, but I still have it in my heart to compete, to fight. I told them I want to still fight against the top guys, I want to put on a show. I’ve just turned 36, but when they put me against the top guys, I think I can still compete.”
Nevertheless, he hasn’t been crashed by Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Matt Hamill and Forrest Griffin. Still, the promotion can’t keep a former MMA star who can’t beat any of the top guys around. And with this, his next match-up against Ryan Bader at UFC 132 seems a tough one. Ryan Bader is a high-caliber former college wrestler, who has a lot more power on the feet and who isn’t going to be taken down. And with the betting odds giving Ryan Bader a -450 favorite, the sports books deem Tito Ortiz done.
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