For better or for worse, Tito Ortiz is gearing up for his return to the competitive MMA scene. On November 2, Ortiz will square off against Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at Bellator’s first PPV event. Just a few months ago though, a serious injury nearly derailed the veteran fighter’s comeback plans.
“My last surgery was 12 weeks ago. I had an ACL replacement,” said Ortiz at a recent Bellator press conference. The 38 year old fighter is no stranger to injury, having already undergone surgery for his neck and other knee in the past.
Luckily, Ortiz’s healing process was fairly quick, and he was able to get back to training soon enough.
“I was back at it in a month-and-a-half.” he said. “In a month-and-a-half, I was back at it, drilling again. My body heals super, super fast.”
Ortiz seems confident that the injury won’t slow him down.
“I just feel good. Now I am the million dollar man,” he stated.
Ortiz last fought on July 7, 2012 at UFC 148 following his Hall of Fame induction. He lost via unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin, but was granted the Fight of the Night award.
He’ll be facing Rampage Jackson in the main event of Bellator: Rampage vs Tito on November 2 in Long Beach, CA.