We’re three days away from Tito’s last fight, here’s what he said in his Bellator Sit Down
Tito Ortiz is nearing the end of an amazing 20 year journey. He’s done it all in the sport of MMA and continues to be among the most popular stars the sport knows. His commitment to his fans has been unbelievable and now, just days ahead of his final walk to the cage, at Bellator 170, he speaks.
He says, “It’s time, on May 30th it will be 20 years, there’s no MMA fighter who’s done what I’ve done. My kids come first, on all measures.” He added, “I’m not an MMA fighter to them, I’m dad. They eat clean, they don’t drink sodas, don’t eat fast food. My kids, eat like pro athletes.” He continued about his sons. “At the end of the day, I just want to inspire them. I work hard, to give them all the things I wanted as a kid. A nice home, clothes on my back, food on the table.”
He talked this fight in particular. “This fight is about redemption, I have a fire underneath me that I haven’t had for a long time. I just got to keep my nose to the grindstone, keep sharpening these blades. Takedown defense is the number one, I’ve got to defend his takedown. I know that, and that’s what we’re drilling.”
When speaking of his legacy he said, “I am a former world champion, I’m a hall of famer, I am a legend. I’ve worked so hard over the last nineteen years to get where I am today. Now it’s time to let the next generation step up.”
He closed with, “I’m going to win. I’m going to get my hand raised. I am going to bow to the crowd, I’m going to set my gloves in the middle of the cage, along with my shorts, and I’m going to walk out. I’m going to say thank you fans for everything you’ve done for me over the past nineteen and a half years. This will be my last one.”