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Posted by Levine Communications Office on September 18, 2012

Tito Ortiz Sounds Off on Retirement, Cyborg-Rousey, Jones and New Business Ventures

By Mike Chiappetta – Senior Writer

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Sep 18, 2012 – For Tito Ortiz, the fact that he will never again fight has mostly sunk in by now. His brain still thinks he can do it, he sometimes dreams about it, but his body has the final word, and that word is an emphatic no. 

After more than 15 years of mixed martial arts training and competition, his body is tired. It’s aching and in some places, it’s broken. Everyday, he wakes up with pain and soreness. He needs ACL reconstruction surgery in his right knee. He needs surgery to fuse two vertebrae in his neck, but he wants to wait until after fishing season is over to schedule anything that’s going to have him laid up for too long.


“I’m just sick of having surgery,” told MMA Fighting. “I’m just sick of the pain.”

If the image of Ortiz lazing around in a fishing boat paints a picture of a life of leisure in retirement, nothing could be further from the truth. During his career, Ortiz was always a man looking for outside opportunities. Now free from the daily grind of training, he has ramped up his efforts.

In just the last month, he has announced the formation of a management company named Primetime 360, as well as an amateur MMA fight series in California named Rising Stars. Ortiz also owns a clothing line, nutrition supplement company and a training center.

The hope is that his expanding pursuits put him squarely on the front lines of a growing sport. 

When he began his own career in 1997, he competed at UFC 13 as an unpaid amateur. By the time he retired, he was a multi-millionaire. Along the way, there were highs and lows, from winning the UFC light heavyweight championship and becoming one of the biggest draws in the history of the business to feuding with the company owners and being frozen out for a time. 

Ortiz has two favorite memories. The first was winning the belt in April 2000. The second came 11 years later, when he upset Ryan Bader to snap a winless streak that lasted through nearly five years, two surgeries and one contract dispute. 

“I wasn’t there to prove anybody wrong,” he said. “I was there to prove all my fans and my family right.”

That final moment of glory couldn’t completely erase some of the setbacks he’d had along the way, but it at least offset them. His lowest point came during his feud with UFC management, and what he calls the “propaganda” against him when it was portrayed that he was afraid to fight Chuck Liddell

“If I was scared, I wouldn’t have fought him twice,” he said. “I wanted to be the best, but it is a business. I wanted to make the right amount of money that I thought I was worth. I really stood my ground…”

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