Fresh off successful neck surgery, ?the Huntington Beach Bad Boy? Tito Ortiz, expects to return to the Octagon sometime in October or November. When he does, Ortiz hopes to face Chuck ?the Iceman? Liddell as originally planned. As coaches for The Ultimate Fighter 11, both men were on a collision course for a third fight before Ortiz abruptly dropped out of the proposed match up, citing health issues. That decision prompted UFC President, Dana White, to kick ?the Huntington Beach Bad Boy? off the show and replace him with Rich ?Ace? Franklin.
Liddell and Franklin will now throw down this Saturday at UFC 115.
Due to the timing of Ortiz?s departure, Liddell accused the 35-year-old of joining the show for promotional purposes only. He believes that Ortiz never had the intention of following through with their planned grudge match. However, Ortiz explained that he agreed to serve as a coach before his bout against Forrest Griffin at UFC 106, where he subsequently suffered the injury.
Intent on completing the season and fighting Liddell, Ortiz was eventually told by two doctors that he needed to undergo surgery to repair the damage. At that point, according to Ortiz, he chose to put his health first.
?There was a disc and two bone spurs pressing on my spinal cord. If anyone?s had spinal cord problems or disc injuries in their neck, they?d understand what I went through.? Two days before his nemesis squares off against Franklin, Ortiz has already started laying the groundwork for another shot at ?the Iceman.?
?Hopefully Chuck will get a knockout in the first round. Yes, I am rooting for Chuck to win. I think we should still fight, just because of the s? he?s been saying. Saying that I?m afraid of him and I?m a p?-, this and that. Go f? yourself man. Are you kidding me? Has he ever defended his world title longer than me? No. Has any light-heavyweight ever defended the world title longer than me? No. I?m only 35 years old. I?ll be back in the cage again, and I?ll be dominating.?
Despite undergoing two major surgeries within an eighteen month timeframe, Ortiz remains confident that he can compete with the upper echelon of the 205 pound division.
?Me with my mind focused, being in the gym everyday and being the strong, ferocious, ground-and-pound artist I am, when I get back in the cage, you?ll see Tito Ortiz is back.?
Ortiz is back. Now the punishment begins. I think its gonna be a new and approved Tito Ortiz
CHUCK IS SO LUCKY THAT TITO HAD TO PULL OUT...WOULDVE ENDED MUCH WORSE