You've seen the UFC Primetime special regarding UFC 148, now here's the reguarly scheduled "Countdown" show, which premiered this evening on FUEL TV. Part one featuring Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen is above. The remainder of the special is after the jump, featuring spotlights on Tito Ortiz vs. Forrest Griffin, Cung Le vs. Patrick Cote and Demian Maia vs. Dong-Hyun Kim.
After failing to win a fight in four years and five consecutive fights past that point, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy", who once carried the UFC through the dark ages a decade ago, was finally at the end of the line with the organization.
Tito Ortiz, the longest reigning light heavyweight champion in the history of the UFC, had lost it. Leading up to an anticipated rematch with Chuck Liddell in December 2006, Ortiz had won five straight fights. Ortiz fell to Liddell a second time. A point for grabbing the fence led him to a draw with Rashad Evans next. But following that, Ortiz lost decisions to Forrest Griffin, Lyoto Machida and former protege Matt Hamill.
Ortiz had never lost three straight fights before in his career. To make matters worse, UFC President Dana White had informed him and the public that with a loss, Ortiz would be released from his contract. Beating a world-ranked light heavyweight in "Ultimate Fighter" winner Ryan Bader shouldn't be too hard, right?
Former longtime UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has accomplished almost everything in mixed martial arts, including recently saving his career with the organization.
However, at 36 years-of-age and a nearly 14-year career plagued with ups and downs and in recent years, an array of injuries, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" says that he has almost had enough.
Watch and listen to Ortiz discuss his potential retirement next year as well as comments from UFC 140 main card fighters Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida, Frank Mir, the Nogueira brothers and others after the jump.
It's hard to believe that another major UFC event is upon us, but UFC 140 is just days away. Emanating from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, the UFC's second visit to what could be MMA's biggest fan base features Jon Jones making the second defense of the UFC light heavyweight title against the ever-elusive Lyoto Machida.
Other high-profile main card bouts include a pivotal rematch between former heavyweight champions and opposing "TUF" coaches Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as Tito Ortiz attempting to stave off retirement once more against the younger Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
After the jump is a preview of the main card, including a breakdown of the storylines leading into each fight as well as what to look for during the bouts.
It's hard to believe, but UFC 140 is already upon us. The event, which is headlined by Jon Jones making his second defense of the UFC light heavyweight title, emanates from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada this Saturday night.
Jones will put his belt on the line against former champion Lyoto Machida, who secured another crack at the title courtesy of a highlight-reel KO of UFC hall-of-famer Randy Couture back in April. UFC 140 will also feature an important rematch between former champions Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira as well as a battle between younger brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and UFC icon Tito Ortiz.
An embedded video after the jump features "Countdown to UFC 140" which previews the three high-profile contests that will take place this weekend.
Tito Ortiz out of TUF 11 and Liddell fight.
Last week, it was widely reported that something may have happened to Tito Ortiz causing his proposed fight with Chuck Liddell to be called off. Rumor was that Rich Franklin would be stepping into his place. Dana White vehemently denied the rumor, but more signs are pointing to that as being fact.
Recent days have seen Twitter posts from both Tito and his girlfriend Jenna Jameson confirming that Ortiz was in the hospital, posting that it was that it was due to a severe case of the flu. But another recent report on 5 Ounces of Pain suggests that Tito has stepped down due to disk herniations in his neck. Seventeen months ago, Ortiz underwent back surgery on his lumbar (low back) spine to fix herniations there.
Dream’s May card shaping up nicely
Dream’s May 30 show is set to launch the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix. It will feature returning Middleweight Grand Prix winner, Gegard Mousasi, pending the outcome physically from his April 17 matchup in Strikeforce with Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal. Recently signed to compete in the tourney are two fighters whom Mousasi has defeated in Strikeforce, Renato “Babalu” Sobral and Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou.
Also slated to make his return to the Dream ring is Marius Zaromskis, who last saw action in Strikeforce, suffering a TKO defeat at the hands of Nick Diaz.
Lashley on Strikeforce’s April card
Bobby Lashley, now training full-time in MMA, has been added to Strikeforce’s April 17th card on CBS. Strikeforce’s Scott Coker confirmed the news with MMAWeekly but declined to name an opponent pending athletic commission approval. With three title fights headlining the card, the fight is expected to be the swing bout that may or may not make the airwaves pending time available.
Forrest Griffin. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Yahoo! Sports is reporting that former UFC light heavyweight champions Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz and Forrest Griffin will rematch at UFC 106 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Griffin will be replacing UFC Hall of Famer Mark “The Hammer” Coleman who was forced to pull out of the bout after suffering a tear in one of his medial collateral ligaments.
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UFC Hall of Famer Mark “The Hammer” Coleman as pulled out of his upcoming bout with former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz at UFC 106 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
According to MMAWeekly.com, Coleman suffered a tear in one of his medical collateral ligaments. Word is Coleman has requested for the bout to be rescheduled for a later date.
Brock Lesnar. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship today made official two featured bouts for UFC 106, which will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, November 21.
In the show’s main event, Brock Lesnar will defend his UFC heavyweight title against undefeated contender Shane Carwin. Also, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz will make yet another return to the Octagon to face inaugural UFC heavyweight champ and UFC Hall of Fame member Mark Coleman.
Tito Ortiz. Photo courtesy of TitoOrtiz.com.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Ortiz will face former UFC heavyweight champion Mark “The Hammer” Coleman at UFC 106 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on November 21 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The report comes from Fighters Only who cited a source close to the Coleman camp saying agreements had been signed yesterday and the fight was a go.
Ortiz made amends with UFC president Dana White earlier this month and signed a new six-fight contract with the UFC. Prior to signing with the UFC, Ortiz was said to be in negotiations with Strikeforce and Affliction but it came down to competition which he felt Strikeforce lacked.