UFC legend Tito Ortiz may be retired from in-ring competition but he certainly hasnâ€™t hidden away since hanging up his gloves. The former light heavyweight champion (and current Hall of Fame fighter) recently stopped by the set of Inside MMA where he addressed news pertaining to recent opponent Forrest Griffin being granted an exception for testosterone replacement therapy by the Nevada Athletic Commission leading into their bout at UFC 148.
Ortiz was understandably upset about the development as well as the controversial treatment in general.
â€œSince Day 1 that Iâ€™ve been competing over the last 15 years, Iâ€™ve always been on an even field. Why, all of the sudden, now other fighters can be on a higherâ€¦six times the amount of an average person,â€ asked Ortiz rhetorically. â€œI hope this doesnâ€™t happen to become an epidemic. What type of message are we trying to send to the youths that are watching our sport? This is the same thing weâ€™ve been trying to stop from happening.â€
The former â€œHuntington Beach Bad Boyâ€ also mentioned he felt his career probably could have lasted longer with TRT but that it wasnâ€™t an option he ever gave much thought to based on his desire to keep the sport pure.
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