Tito Ortiz Says He's Gunning For Bellator's Light Heavyweights
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 05.18.2014
That's his goal...
Tito Ortiz spoke last night following his win over Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 120. Check out the highlights:
On coming back from his neck injury: "When I got my neck broken, there were many fans who said I should stop, and I didn't believe in that. My whole life growing up, people told me I couldn't do something. They told me I was never going to achieve anything in life. I became a world champion after a year-and-a-half in competition. I helped to get the sport where it is today, and I sacrificed my life for it. I've had five major surgeries. People tell me I can't do things and I just prove them wrong."
On upsetting Shlemenko: "I know where the odds went. I watched the odds, and everybody was disproportionately betting on Alexander. It was 4-to-1; it was 5-to-1. And I said to anybody who would listen, there's a huge question here of strength. Tito Oritz has been in training. He's had two months of training; it's been uninterrupted. There's no back, there's no neck, there's no knees. Every great champion has something left in the tank, and it depends on how much he has left and when he can bring it. I knew this was going to be a very tough fight, and it could go any number of directions."
On his win: "I just think God put me on this earth as a tool. I'm not really a religious person, but I believe that being a tool, I show people that they can achieve things if you set your mind to things. I've done these things. And I just look at it, this fight, was already won before Shlemenko even called me out. This was supposed to happen. All this, that I'm living right now, is all pre-played out. I'm just living it the way it should be done. I'm just very thankful. I'm just living the American dream. I had nothing, and now, I pretty much have everything."
On his goals form here: "When I go home and I take care of my kids and I train my ass off, I'm a dangerous person, and I'll kick any one of these light heavyweight's asses. ‘Rampage,' that includes you, too...There will be a time for everything. ‘Rampage' is an awesome guy, I'm not trying talk smack."
Bjorn Rebney on their plans for Ortiz: "We've got to sit down with Tito now, and I've got to figure out how to con him into a tournament, trying to take a run at a world title."