It’s not about money anymore it’s about respect. I’m going to go with someone else who will pay me more money and treat me with more respect than Dana White has ever treated me.
Translation: "it's about the money... the money and the UFC not wanting me around anymore"
Tito Ortiz is an overrated malcontent clown. I know he has a huge following and saying that is probably going to cause frothing and growling, but the fact of the matter is he could never compete with the elite in his weight class. When he faced Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell he got beat and got beat really bad. Three wins against a way over the hill Ken Shamrock (1-8 since 2002) get you nowhere, his biggest win was eight years ago against Wanderlei Silva, an overrated pride fighter who is 1-3 in UFC competition. His wins over Vladimir Matyushenko and middleweight Evan Tanner do him some credit, as does his extremely controversial decision win against a still developing Forrest Griffin, but they simply don't add up to a top ten light heavyweight, and after he loses to Lyoto Machida Tito can be safely filed away as part of MMA's past, a man who's ground and pound (and at times, lay and pray) style had it's time and place and that time and place has past.
I'm sure he'll go on to some measure of success against weaker competition in some smaller promotions, but, simply put, his days of fighting at the highest levels of the light heavyweight division are over.