Tito Ortiz healed, training and eager to return

Elias Cepeda
Y! Sports' MMA analyst Kevin Iole breaks down the light heavyweight bout in UFC 148 between Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin.


Tito Ortiz pulled out of what was supposed to be his comeback fight against training partner Quinton "Rampage" Jackson last fall because of a broken neck. Now, the former UFC light heavyweight champion says that he's fully recovered and ready to fight once more.

“Everything is good. I’m about my ninth week in training,” Ortiz told MMA Weekly in a recent interview.

“I’m kind of on hold right now, waiting for Bellator to set me up with a match. I thought I’d be on this pay-per-view that’s coming up, but they wanted to wait.”

Ortiz said that he doesn't want to retire on a loss. His last fight in the UFC was a close decision loss to Forrest Griffin in July, 2012.

“After my last loss to Forrest Griffin, it left a bad taste in my mouth. No one wants to retire off a loss," he explained.

Going back to late 2006, Ortiz has won just one fight in his last nine. Ortiz went on to say that he doesn't care who he fights in his return bout.

“When they call, I’m ready. Whoever it is, I don’t care," he said.

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