Ortiz Accepts Machida Fight; Done With UFC?


Photo courtesy of TitoOritz.com

Is the UFC about to lose yet another star?

Former light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has announced that he has accepted a proposed fight against undefeated Lyoto Machida in a fight that will likely be his last with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Ortiz made the announcement earlier today during an interview with Mauro Ranallo on The Fight Network’s daily radio show.

The two are expected to meet at a UFC event in May at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The bout will be the final one on Ortiz’s current contract with the promotion.

According to Ortiz, he was expecting a rematch against former Ultimate Fighter winner Rashad Evans, whom Ortiz battled to a draw with at UFC 73: Stacked this past summer. Now Ortiz seems to be content to take his skills elsewhere.

“I was expecting a bigger fight. I think the fans were expecting a bigger fight,” Ortiz said on the radio show earlier today. “I got pressed into it, and all of a sudden, it’s all over the Internet that Tito Ortiz won’t fight Machida. I’m just looking to get my final fight over with the UFC.”

Ortiz is yet another former UFC star that has now decided to take their services elsewhere in recent months. Current heavyweight champion Randy Couture resigned from the company this past fall, citing a lack of respect and monetary issues among the reasons behind his decision.

Dana White, the same man that once called Couture his hero, is now helping lawyers prepare a lawsuit against him.

Former heavyweight titleholder Andrei Arlovski will now finish out his contract in March as he expected to take on Jake O’Brien at UFC 82.

Fighters come and go as we all know. I just wish it didn’t have to be this way.

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