There’s no debating the impact Tito Ortiz has had on the sport of MMA both as a salesman and scrapper. The former “Huntington Beach Bad Boy” has beaten a number of the sport’s best over his fifteen-year career and still holds the record for consecutive title-defenses in the light heavyweight division.
However, to hear Ortiz tell the tale, if he’d been able to avoid the back/neck problems he encountered the streak would have required at least two hands to count including a win over current champion Jon Jones.
“Pressure. Don’t let him use that reach, try to close down the space with tons of pressure. Use my strength, use my wrestling,” said the 16-10 Ortiz of how he’d approach Jones in an interview with Train Hard, Fight Easy Magazine. “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 of beat anyone in the world, man,” the 37-year old continued. “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.”
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