Tito Ortiz: ‘My Goal Is to be a World Champion Again’
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.14.2014
Ortiz is set to fight again on Saturday…
MMAjunkie Radio recently interviewed Tito Ortiz about his upcoming PPV fight at Bellator 120 with Alexander Shlemenko. Below are some highlights.
Ortiz on Shlemenko challing him: "I guess when you're famous, people want to be famous, and if he wants to be famous, I'm going to make him famous on Saturday. Because he's going to beat his face up with my fists and my elbow."
Ortiz on his goal: "My goal is to be a world champion again. Whoever else they give me, I can't say who I want to fight now, because you never know who it's going to be. I was supposed to be fighting ‘Rampage,' and they said, ‘We'll give you a tuneup fight at 205,' and all of a sudden I get called out by Shlemenko. Quinton is a good friend of mine. We're very close friends. But this is about giving the fans what they want to see, and that's one of the best fights in Bellator for me."
Ortiz on Shlemenko's weaknesses: "His weaknesses are my strengths, and I think he really is overlooking me. I think a lot of fans are buying into his BS that he's going to destroy me. If he thinks he's going to walk through me like that, he's going to get a big surprise."
Ortiz on trying to negotiate a deal with the UFC: "Either you want to fight in the UFC, or you don't fight. If you already signed a contract and you try to negotiate, look at Nate Diaz. That's what happens. I've got to respect myself. I've got to respect what I think I'm worth, and I've seen a few interviews with Nate, and he said it perfectly: If a guy is promoting my name as the biggest name, and I only make a certain amount of money, what am I doing differently than the other guy that are getting paid triple what I'm getting?"