Former UFC light heavyweight champion, Tito Ortiz has been giving his thoughts on where he would have been in the division had he not picked up a number of serious injuries over the years, claiming he would be a very dangerous opponent for anyone and he would probably still be the title holder.
Speaking via Fighters Only Magazine, Ortiz said:
“An injury free Tito Ortiz is very, very dangerous, and Ryan Bader was the last guy who got a close up of that one. When I’m injury-free I’m very dangerous. Me around 2000, when I was fast a strong and I was strong and my confidence was through the roof, I could beat anyone. I could have beat anyone in the world, man. Now, 15 years later, look at me, I’m still competing against top guys in the world — like I always have done — but the injuries have taken their toll. If I was the same game but without the surgeries, then I’d still be the champion! When I look back at my loss to (Randy) Couture, that’s when I had my first back problem. I was suffering right through that fight camp, and I suffered for seven years with that back problem.”
Ortiz picked up a rare win over the summer months last year, defeating “Ultimate Fighter” season eight winner, Ryan Bader with a first round guillotine submission. He lost a short notice bout against Rashad Evans in his next fight putting him back at square one. This was further compounded by a first round TKO loss to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira month later.