For the past two weeks rumors have been circulating that Tito Ortiz was offered a fight against the undefeated Shotokan specialist Lyoto Machida. It’s official now, the “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has accepted the match for UFC 85 (May 25th in Las Vegas, Nevada), but is not thrilled with they UFC’s choice in opponent. In his interview with FightNetwork.com, Tito talks about his disappointment.
I was expecting a bigger fight. I think the fans were expecting a bigger fight. I got pressed into it, and all of a sudden, it’s all over the Internet that Tito Ortiz won’t fight Machida. I’m just looking to get my final fight over with the UFC…. They said I wasn’t worth the money. I was worth no more than what I’m getting paid now, and I’m not a commodity to them anymore. I’m not as viable to them anymore. That was a sign of disrespect…. With [UFC President Dana White] in charge, I don’t think that fight will ever happen for me. Dana has bad blood for me and nothing but bad blood.
UFC is caring so much about the brand itself. They could care less about the fighters. Fighters are a dime a dozen. They’ll keep coming. Dana is really out for himself and the company. He doesn’t give a shit about the fighters. They’re going to try and ruin me.
With only one fight left on his contract, Tito’s words open up the possibility that this may be the last time we see him fight for the UFC.