Twelve Weeks Removed from ACL Surgery, Tito Ortiz is Now the “Million Dollar Man”


Tito OrtizTito Ortiz is just 12 weeks removed from ACL replacement surgery.

Ortiz, who recently signed with Bellator MMA, revealed the surgery during Monday’s conference call with the media to promote Bellator’s first pay-per-view offering.

The injury was a result of his fight with Forrest Griffin, Ortiz’s final fight for the UFC.

“My last surgery was 12 weeks ago. I had an ACL replacement,” said Ortiz.

The ACL replacement was in his right knee. Ortiz had his left knee repaired in the past.

He healed up quickly, however, which made the Bellator deal possible. Ortiz will square off with longtime friend Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the main event of Bellator’s first PPV offering, Rampage vs. Tito, on Nov. 2 at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, Calif.

“I was back at it in a month-and-a-half,” recounted Ortiz. “In a month-and-a-half, I was back at it, drilling again. My body heals super, super fast.”

The ACL replacement follows neck surgery, which took place about a year ago.

Ortiz hasn’t fought since his UFC retirement bout against Griffin last July. Following the bout, he was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.

Despite the surgeries, the time off suits Ortiz well. He says he’s feeling better than ever.

“I just feel good. Now I am the million dollar man.”

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