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Tito Ortiz Reflects on Future

(Tito Ortiz celebrates victory over Alexander Shlemenko, photo courtesy of Bellator MMA)

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.

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