Tito Ortiz Cleared to Fight By Doctor
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 01.27.2014
And he has a continuance on his DUI...
Tito Ortiz has been cleared to fight. George Prajin, Ortiz's manager and personal attorney, told MMAjunkie that the fighter has been cleared by his doctor after a CT scan. Ortiz has also received a continuance on his arrest today for two counts of DUI. Check out the highlights from the interview:
On the severity of Ortiz's condition: "In my opinion, the severity was taken a little out of proportion. He wasn't cleared to fight because he had a fracture in his neck, but no one in that position would have been cleared to fight. But outside the fracture, it wasn't really a life-threatening or career-threatening injury."
On Ortiz's reaction to the injury: "When it first happened, he was scared. He has a fusion in his back; he thought somehow that the repair had broken. But once he got the CT scan, it showed that it was a fracture that was unrelated to any previous injuries. It was just an unfortunate thing to happen. The issue with not being able to fight was simply anyone with that particular injury at that particular time would not be cleared to fight because of the risk associated with a fracture in the neck. It wasn't like he was on the verge of paralysis. It was just the risk of something like that happening. The doctor could not with a clear mind clear him to fight."
On when he will be back: "Tito wants to get back in the cage, and we're open to discuss any possibility...[Bjorn] just wants to make sure he's healthy, which with the doctor's clearance, we can assure him of that, and go forward. He should be fighting in April or early May."
On a potential return at Bellator's PPV: "Tito would be ready for [Bellator's first pay-per-view] if they found an opponent for him. But I leave it up to Bjorn. He's the guy that runs things there, and we respect his judgement, and we'll see what he brings forward."