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Tito Ortiz To Re-Sign With UFC?

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Don't be surprised if Tito Ortiz's last fight is with the UFC. Sources close to the situation have informed us that despite being courted by several other organizations, Ortiz apparently prefers to finish his career with the organization he started it with and is currently considering possible fight offers from the UFC. Although no contract agreement has been reached, Ortiz has been in negotiations and was offered potential fights with UFC light heavyweights Houston Alexander, Thierry Sokoudjou and Stephan Bonnar to name a few.

As evidenced by the standing ovation he received from the crowd in attendance during his unanimous decision loss to Lyoto Machida, Ortiz is still a big draw amongst fans. The overwhelming support he received could be one of the reasons why Ortiz, who's grown accustomed to his superstar status and fighting in front of 10,000+ fans, would prefer to stay with the UFC, undeniably the biggest and most popular MMA organization in the world.

Another reason could be that despite going winless in his last three fights, Ortiz is still only one or two fights away from a title shot. Ironically, he holds a controversial split-decision win over newly crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin and he also has a draw with Rashad Evans, who will be facing Chuck Liddell later this year at UFC 88 to determine the next challenger for the UFC light heavyweight title.

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Post #1   7/9/08 3:47:18PM   

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i wouldn't mind seeing tito back, there are still plenty of good fights left for him, for starters i would like to see a wandy rematch, and he could beat almost anybody in the top 10, he even owns a win over the ufc lightheavyweight champion.

Post #2   7/9/08 3:55:01PM   

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i think there are some good potential match ups for Tito. I'd like to see him fight Sokodjou, Jardine, Bonnar, and Houston. I don't think Tito is anywhere near Wanderlei's skill level these days so i wouldn't wanna see that, eh maybe just for a good laugh haha. I think a fight with Sokodjou would be pretty awesome. Lets see what happens.

Post #3   7/9/08 4:01:16PM   

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As much as I dislike the guy, I think it would be a smart move on both his AND the UFC's part to re-sign.

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Post #4   7/9/08 4:02:43PM   

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I remember a day when Tito was my Favorite fighter, he was coming off the Cote win, the Vitor win, both the Shamrock wins and then the Forrest win. I was positive he was gonna beat Chuck and once again claim the Light heavy weight championship. but he didn't . but i was very proud of him because he did show a lot of effort in that fight and he even Won a round . but then he goes and has a draw with Rashad, someone he should have submitted and then goes and loses to Machida. i admire his will to only fight top guys but he just needs to focus on fighting and nothing else. he would do great if he trained at Xtreme Couture for awhile because their are a few great 205 guys for him to work out with...

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give me a break......that would just be balls.
i personally dont buy it, but we'll see.

i think the only way he should be able to come back is if he agree's to the boxing bout with Dana, and is not allowed to fight UNTIL it's over.

Man up....ya lil weasel.

Post #6   7/9/08 4:14:59PM   

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This is pretty suprising. After hearing all the interviews with Tito after his last fight it seemed he didn't have any intrest in coming back to the UFC. Now he wants to end his career there? The grass must not be greener on the other side. So he must not have gotten the offer he wanted outside of the UFC. Or he's using this as leverage to get more money out of another organization.

Post #7   7/9/08 4:35:48PM   

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he should just resign,
fight your fight focus just on fighting and get back on track
if it is true i will be surprised

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I guess I'd be happy to see him back, if only because it gives the UFC a boost. I wouldn't give him a good chance of doing much in the LHW division though. I think many fights would play out a lot like the Machida fight, since he seems to have a hard time taking anyone down these days.

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Good. He's a great gatekeeper.

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Posted by joshryanshepherd

I remember a day when Tito was my Favorite fighter, he was coming off the Cote win, the Vitor win, both the Shamrock wins and then the Forrest win. I was positive he was gonna beat Chuck and once again claim the Light heavy weight championship. but he didn't . but i was very proud of him because he did show a lot of effort in that fight and he even Won a round . but then he goes and has a draw with Rashad, someone he should have submitted and then goes and loses to Machida. i admire his will to only fight top guys but he just needs to focus on fighting and nothing else. he would do great if he trained at Xtreme Couture for awhile because their are a few great 205 guys for him to work out with...



correct me if i'm wrong but didn't he only draw because he grabbed a fence? A draw is a draw, but i still think he won in my mind. He ain't top tier anymore, but i would love to see him back. Hopefully doing a little less interviews this time.

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This would not suprise me at all; Tito and the UFC would do anything to sell tickets and by bringing up that his contract was up after his last fight sold a lot of tickets

Post #12   7/9/08 5:44:40PM   

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i mean it could work because i think frank was the one that came over to ufc full time, so he could deal with ortiz.

Post #13   7/9/08 5:53:50PM   

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k i kno i might get shit but tito is still my fvorite fighter... he lost by cards to rashad but only because he grabed the fence and was taken down in last 10 sec. in that fight... its kinda hard to best a guy who is running the whole fight (MACHIDA!!!!!)... now dont get it twisted i know tito will probably never be a champion in the UFC and ive made peace with that but ppl need to give him the credit that is due to him...

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Tito is done he should just start promoting because that is what he is good at. Give me some quality wins that Tito has recently ..................................Oh thats right he has none.

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