Professional combat sports are littered with the souls of fighters who had no plan B and fought too long. Tito Ortiz retired Saturday night and alluded to having his financial house in order. And he spoke about the future.
“Have a normal life,” said Ortiz, as transcribed by Steven Marrocco or MMAjunkie. “Being a fighter is not a normal life. You’ve got to understand that because we sacrifice so much away from our families, away from our friends.
“I think I’m going to enjoy life for a couple of months, and then, I don’t know.”
“Do I work for the promotion? I’m going to do something MMA, for sure. I will be a part of MMA, 100 percent, I guarantee you.
“I have so much in my big head of mine that can give back. And yes, that was a joke toward myself.”
“Lions always want to fight. know what I wanted to do tonight, and I did it the way I wanted to do it. If they ever need anything from me, I’m here – besides fighting.”
Ortiz imagines a wide variety of roles he could play, including starting a promotion that feeds talent to Bellator.
“Find other fighters and build superstars, or come on board Bellator and build superstars,” he said.