Tito Ortiz: “You guys think I should retire? It’s just crazy.”

Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz has dismiss rumours about retirement from the sport of mixed martial arts should he lose to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 24 this March, saying first off you should look at the opponents and how he’s been losing.

Ortiz, speaking via MMAJunkie.com, said:

“I said, ‘You guys have got to give me a chance, man. Look at my last fights. I fought Forrest Griffin last year with a ruptured disk in my neck, and I still fought to a split decision. I come back a year later after neck surgery, and I fight a guy who’s on a five-fight win streak, and I lost a couple of takedowns. You guys think I should retire? It’s just crazy.”

“I probably could have gotten an easier fight, but I wanted to challenge myself,” Ortiz said. “Do I fight someone who I’m supposed to beat, or do I fight someone that’s supposed to beat me? I like these terms better. That doesn’t sit well with me at all. I’m not getting knocked unconscious. I’m not getting submitted. I’m not getting dominated. I’m losing by decision; I’m losing by draws.

“I’ve been in the game for a long time. For anybody to criticize me and say that I make excuses, well, those are the people that haven’t lived my life. Those guys are behind the computer and are the computer tough guys who eat donuts and drink coffee every single day. Those guys can’t say shit. Those are the people I don’t pay attention to. I pay attention to the people who support me, the people that have my back whether I win, lose, or draw.”

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