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.
UFC president Dana White briefly talked about his relationship with Jon Jones with the press at the UFC 215 216 media day on Thursday. TRENDING > Jon Jones' Manager Confounded, Refuses to Believe Jon read news >>
Leading up UFC 215, Demetrious Johnson talks about his frosty relationship with Dana White over refusing to fight TJ Dillashaw. read news >>
Champ Demetrious Johnson believes he still has plenty of competition in the UFC flyweight position.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>
If there existed a Promoter's Rulebook, somewhere among the first few rules listed would be:"Do not bury your athletes, no matter how angry they make you.*"And down at the bottom of the page, in a ti read news >>
Though UFC president Dana White said he wouldn't put Amanda Nunes in a main event right away after she withdrew from UFC 213 on the day of the fight, he had no choice but to do so for this weekend's read news >>
When UFC President Dana White is your social media manager, don’t expect Madison Avenue messaging.Filed under: Blue Corner, News, UFC read news >>
The UFC is now working to find out why so many of its fans couldn't watch "The Money Fight" and has issued a statement. read news >>
Leading up to UFC 215, Amanda Nunes addressed her withdrawal from UFC 213 and the criticism that she received from the likes of Dana White. read news >>
UFC President Dana White is pumped for both UFC Fight Night 116 and Canelo vs. GGG.Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News read news >>
Following Mayweather vs. McGregor, Dana White addressed whether or not he'd entertain more crossover events, including Stipe Miocic's boxing dream. read news >>