Tito Ortiz, the former UFC light-heavyweight champion, has announced that he will fight again before the end of the year.
Tito Ortiz, now 47 years old, ‘guarantees’ a return to the cage by the end of the year. Tito told The Schmo that his career is far from done and that he is already in talks with MMA promoters.
Ortiz started, “It’s just preparation. It’s getting in the gym, continuing in the gym and putting in the work. You can’t have a month camp and try to fight in your 40s, you gotta prepare for the six months, seven months.”
“Its mentality, how young you think you are, myself I’m 47 right now, I won’t be 48 until next year. I feel good, I feel strong.”
“I just started training this week,” Ortiz added. “I’ll fight one more time this year, before the year is over, I want not to go out the way I did against Anderson [Silva].”
Ortiz most recently fought former UFC middleweight champion, Anderson Silva, in a boxing bout as part of Triller’s Holyfield Vs. Belfort event. After a lackluster performance in the first round, Ortiz was brutally knocked out by Silva.
However, on the other hand, Ortiz claims he’ll be going back to his origins and fighting in an MMA match this time.
“It’ll be an MMA fight, like I say I just started preparing this week, ill be getting ready here for the next four months, we’ll see maybe September, October another Tito Ortiz in the Cage.”
Ortiz last fought in an MMA battle in 2019 against Alberto Rodriguez, best known as Alberto Del Rio, a fighter-turned-professional wrestler. Ortiz won against Rodriguez in the first round by submitting him.
Tito Ortiz is one of the pioneers of the UFC. At the age of 22, ‘The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ had his first two bouts in the promotion at UFC 13 event way back in 1997. In 2000 he won the vacant light heavyweight championship against Wanderlei Silva and defended it 5 times. Ortiz had a brief retirement in 2012 and returned two years later to compete in Bellator MMA.