Tito Ortiz Talks Forrest Griffin, Training For A Big Fight
By Chris Howie
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz has already decided to retire from competition following his UFC 148 bout against Forrest Griffin and discussed what goes into preparing for a fight and his reasoning behind moving on from MMA while talking to Yahoo Sports this week:
“I don_t want to do that. I don_t want to overstay my welcome. I want to leave on my own terms. If I blast through Forrest, and get it over quick, there_s always going to be that guess, like yeah I still have it, but people got to understand it_s not the fight I prepare for. It_s the training I prepare for. It_s the grueling six days a week, 5 or 6 hours a day, of over and over getting up every day and going, ‘Oh god, what am I doing to my body. I_m hurting, my legs hurt, my neck hurts._ It_s a mental strain on you,” Ortiz stated.
“I think it_s time to move onto a different chapter of my life.”
Ortiz also gave his thoughts on his opponents career as well:
“Maybe it_s time for Forrest to retire; maybe he wants to retire,” said Ortiz. “Maybe he_s just letting everybody know that he_s going to retire. For me, I know I_m retiring, but it_s an idea, I_m going out and I_m winning the fight.”
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