Tito Ortiz (file photo) wants a rubber match with Forrest Griffin. | Photo: Sherdog.com

Tito Ortiz pulled his professional career off of life support Saturday night by submitting young gun Ryan Bader with a first-round guillotine choke at UFC 132.

Following the triumph at the MGM Granden Arena in Las Vegas, an exuberant Ortiz called out a familiar foe as the man he would like to face in his next Octagon appearance. Though “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” would also like a shot at redemption against Rashad Evans in the future, Ortiz first wants a rematch with another former champ: Forrest Griffin.

“I gave [UFC President] Dana [White] his opportunity to find someone to beat me, and it didn't work [with] Bader,” said Ortiz in a postfight interview with UFC.com. “So give me my shot at one of the guys I thought that I beat already in Forrest Griffin. [The judges] gave him a split decision, so give me another chance at him.”

The light heavyweights have battled twice, with each man owning a split-decision win in the rivalry.

Though Ortiz was already calling out his next opponent just minutes after his victory over Bader, few observers felt Ortiz had a chance against Bader prior to their contest. The UFC president had stated before UFC 132 that if Ortiz were to lose, he would likely be out of a job. To his credit, however, the former champion came through when it mattered most. The fighter feels that positive changes in his training environment as well as improvements in his overall health contributed significantly to his victory over Bader.

“[This was] the rebirth of Tito Ortiz. I’m injury free. I’m very healthy. I had a great training camp. I did it at home. This was the first time in 11 years that I didn't go up to Big Bear. I think being mentally focused really helped out a lot,” said Ortiz. “I had a lot of personal problems with my family, and I really focused on the positive and surrounded myself with people who uplifted me and showed me the true champion I really am.”

Once the light heavyweight division's most dominant fighter, Ortiz had gone just 0-4-1 in his last five fights and hadn't won since 2006 before choking out Bader on Saturday night. However, the fighter managed put it all together at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, a byproduct of the support he received from his trainers.

“Every day, [my trainer] Jason Parillo told me to believe in myself. You don't understand. This game of MMA, it's very mental,” said Ortiz. “[I showed] the true champion I am -- [the fighter] who laid the groundwork for these [younger] fighters in the UFC. I worked really hard, and tonight it showed.”

Ortiz managed to close the distance against Bader early in the bout, stepping inside of the powerful wrestler's punches to land a sweet right hand of his own. Once Bader hit the canvas, Ortiz pounced on him and didn't let up until he had finished the fight. Though Ortiz held onto the choke a moment too long as the referee stopped the contest, the fighter asserts that it was simply a display of raw emotion and not intentionally poor sportsmanship.

“I saw his legs buckle, and when I saw that, [I knew] that was my chance. I hit him, one-two and [then landed two] elbows,” explained Ortiz. “I locked in the guillotine. As soon as I went to pull guard, I sunk my elbow and I tightened my grip. I was stone dry, because I wasn't sweating yet. Right as he was trying to pull his head out, that's when I sunk it in.

“He tapped, and I thought he was still going to pull his head out. That's why I held onto it a little longer. I probably shouldn't have done that, but it was just the emotions of not wanting to lose.”

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Bellator champion Will Brooks upset with 'royal treatment' given to Phil Davis and Tito Ortiz

  • 18 days ago

"Ill Will" calls it as he sees it... Bellator 142: "Dynamite 1," a hybrid mixed martial arts (MMA) and kickboxing event that took place inside SAP Center in San Jose, California last night (Sat. Sept read news >>

UFC Quick Quote: Ben Henderson calls Thiago Alves' striking 'predictable'

  • 26 days ago

"Smooth" hopes he can achieve the same results that Carlos Condit enjoyed against Thiago Alves when they collide in Seoul, South Korea, on Nov. 28, 2015. "I expect a very hard fight. We both have our read news >>

Floyd Mayweather retires after Berto win: 'My career is over, it's official'

  • 26 days ago

Floyd Mayweather "officially" retired (again) after defeating Andre Berto on Saturday night. Floyd Mayweather completely shut out Andre Berto during their September 12 fight at the MGM Grand Garden A read news >>

Twitter reacts to Tonya Evinger's dominant TKO of Pannie Kianzad at Invicta FC 14

  • 26 days ago

The story of Tonya Evinger’s career turnaround took another step in the right direction when in Invicta FC 14’s main event she stopped Pannie Kianzad by second-round TKO for her eighth consecutive vi read news >>

Matt Mitrione says Mayweather doesn't belong on P4P list; calls out Travis Browne

  • 27 days ago

Matt Mitrione was recently interviewed by the Three Amigos Podcast where he gave his fight prediction and ranked Money Mayweather on the P4P greatest list, and even issued a call-out to Travis Browne read news >>

UFC reiterates support for USADA after credibility concerns from Mayweather scandal

  • 27 days ago

USADA has been in the center of controversies after recent and past practices were brought up, but the UFC has come out to fully support what they call the 'gold-standard' in testing. Questions about read news >>

Mayweather vs Berto live stream results: Full fight play-by-play updates tonight

  • 27 days ago

This is the way the prestigious professional boxing career of Floyd Mayweather ends, not with a bang, but a whimper. After 19 years of pugilistic supremacy, Mayweather's storied undefeated run comes read news >>

Luke Rockhold on Weidman: 'I'm going to be his big brother his whole career'

  • 27 days ago

Like just about everyone who has challenged for a title through the course of combat sports history, Luke Rockhold is confident he has what it takes to upend the champion.Filed under: Featured, Featu read news >>

Reminder: Spike debuts 'Bellator: Road to Dynamite 1' and 'Unrivaled: Tito Ortiz' tonight

  • 27 days ago

As a reminder, ahead of next week’s “Bellator 142: Dynamite” event, Spike tonight features the debut of a pair of programs previewing the historic card. Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

Tim Sylvia Blasts Dana White, Recalls Potential Brock Lesnar Bout

  • 28 days ago

It's hard to remember an MMA career more turbulent than Tim Sylvia's. The two-time UFC heavyweight champion, who pairs wins over Andrei Arlovski and Ben Rothwell with losses to Abe Wagner and aged ex read news >>