Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz (18-12-1) dropped a Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship Contest to current strap holder Liam McGeary (11-0) in the main event of the Bellator Event “Dynamite” this past Saturday night. Tito opened up about his future plans in the post fight press conference.
“I’m still trying to lick my wounds a little bit,” said Ortiz as transcribed by MMAFighting.com, Bellator-142-title-loss-tito-ortiz-fields-the-retirement-question” MMAjunkie, and Sherdog.”He fought the best that I can give. I had a great camp. Everything went perfect. I went there and I fought my ass off.
“The guy’s slick, dude. That reverse triangle – we defended that over and over. We defended triangles. We defended all the positions. I got away from the armlock. I mean, I was going to let him break my arm before anything. I was not tapping. I was pulling, pulled out, and came back down.”
“Those long limbs just latched around me. tried to pull my head out and pull. And everything goes (quiet). He was the better man.
“As far as me coming back, I’ll wait (to make a retirement decision). I’m gonna chill for a little bit. I’m just gonna enjoy this time right now. I missed out on the summer; I missed out on a lot of time with my family. I’m 40 years old, man. I’ve been doing this s— for 18 and a half years, a lot longer than everyone up here has been doing it. I’ve had some major surgeries: back surgeries, neck surgeries, knee surgeries.
“[I’m going to] let my body heal a little bit; let my mind heal a little bit. I still love training. I want to hang out with my kids a little bit, wake up in the morning and take them to school. Be a dad for a little bit. I’m gonna enjoy myself … I want to be with my kids and my girlfriend Amber (former UFC ring girl Amber Nichole Miller), and enjoy life, and win some fishing tournaments.”
“I worked with the UFC for such a long time. They were like a family a long time ago. Now they’ve turned into complete corporate. Here at Bellator, we’re family, and it’s awesome to be a part of this family.”
The loss made him 2-1 under the Bellator banner, but knowing Tito he will be back and wanting to fight in a little under a year.