Personal feelings will not impair Tito Ortiz from getting a spot in the UFC Hall of Fame, this according to UFC President Dana White.

The tumultuous relationship between Ortiz and White has played out over the years like a soap opera, with a back and forth war of words, disparaging t-shirts being made, and even a proposed boxing match between employer and employee.

Ortiz and White were able to bury the hatchet when the former light heavyweight champion re-signed with the promotion in 2009, but it’s not to say they’ve become best friends since then either.

Regardless of their relationship, Ortiz’s history with the UFC can’t be denied. A former light heavyweight champion will multiple title defenses, as well as being the face of the UFC for several years will more than likely land him in the UFC Hall of Fame at some point.

“I’m sure he will be,” White answered when asked if Ortiz would get the recognition. “Him being in the Hall of Fame has nothing to do with our relationship.”

During his time with the UFC, Ortiz has gone 14-8-1 including his stint at the 205lb champion.

The ‘Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ may have a faster path to the UFC Hall of Fame if he’s not successful this weekend during his fight with Ryan Bader at UFC 132. If Ortiz doesn’t win, it will be the last time he walks into the UFC Octagon.

“He absolutely has to get this win to continue on,” White stated.

Ortiz comes into the bout with Bader having not won a fight since a 2006 TKO victory over Ken Shamrock. Since that time, he’s gone 0-4-1 with the draw coming against Rashad Evans in 2007.

His Hall of Fame credentials are clear however and any misgivings with the UFC’s boss won’t hinder Tito Ortiz from being celebrated as one of the promotion’s best ever.

Frank Shamrock, well that’s another story entirely.


Damon Martin is the lead staff writer and radio host for MMAWeekly.com.
Follow
@DamonMartin on Twitter or e-mail Damon a question or comment.


Follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.


view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Ronda Rousey’s UFC Return Planned for November or December

  • 28 days ago
  • 12 views

Ronda Rousey won't be back in time for UFC 200, but Dana White makes it sound as if she might be on target for a date in New York. read news >>

Dana White Comments on Ronda Rousey's UFC Return Amid Miesha Tate Fight Rumours

  • 28 days ago
  • 36 views

UFC president Dana White believes former women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey is "ready to fight" again, and she will return to the Octagon in November or December. That could open the door for read news >>

Ovince Saint Preux replaces Daniel Cormier, meets Jon Jones in new UFC 197 headliner

  • 28 days ago
  • 31 views

Although he won’t get a chance to reclaim the undisputed title, Jon Jones will remain atop this month’s UFC 197 fight card.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC read news >>

Daniel Cormier apologizes to UFC for injury, says he won’t be out for long

  • 28 days ago
  • 70 views

UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier today apologized to UFC executives and fans for withdrawing from his scheduled title defense against ex-champ Jon Jones at this month’s UFC 197.Filed und read news >>

'Humbled' by jail stay, Jon Jones hopes to embody resiliency on way back to belt

  • 26 days ago
  • 11 views

Jon Jones won’t blame anyone else for his recent stay in Albuquerque’s Metropolitan Detention Center, but he does believe the ordeal proved a humbling experience. But “Bones” said it’s not going to s read news >>

Henry Cejudo won't 'fight fire with fire' against Demetrious Johnson at UFC 197

  • 26 days ago
  • 18 views

Henry Cejudo insists he won’t allow Demetrious Johnson to take him out of his element when they clash for the UFC flyweight title later this month at UFC 197.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Why Anthony Johnson isn’t Fighting Jon Jones at UFC 197?

  • 26 days ago
  • 102 views

Why didn't Anthony "Rumble" Johnson get the call to fight Jon Jones at UFC 197? UFC president Dana White explains. read news >>

Dana White Lookin’ for a Fight, Episode 4: UFC Boy Band, Snowboarding, and Prospects Found

  • 25 days ago
  • 24 views

During episode 4 of Looking' for a Fight, UFC president Dana White, former champion Matt Serra and Nick "The Tooth" head to Minneapolis to scout a heavyweight prospect. read news >>

'Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight,' episode 4 with discovery of UFC 197's Cody East

  • 25 days ago
  • 8 views

“Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight” is back with its fourth episode, which can now be watched in its entirety.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Amanda Nunes challenges Miesha Tate for women's bantamweight title at UFC 200

  • 24 days ago
  • 4 views

Dana White said we might get a women’s title fight at UFC 200, and now we have one. Miesha Tate will defend her bantamweight title for the first time when she meets Amanda Nunes. Filed under: Feature read news >>