“Prepare yourself for the worst, and the best will always happen” - Tito Ortiz
Tito Ortiz. What can I say? You love him or you hate him. I have never even met him and I have a love/hate relationship with the guy. As of late though, I am having issues with what people are saying about him. “FIRE HIM!!!!!” That's what I keep hearing. I disagree though.
Would you fire one of the most recognizable faces in MMA? Whether you hate him or not, Tito sells. Everything about Tito sells.
I see the argument that a fighter drops 3 fights then they get fired. I will be the first to say that Tito has been nothing more than lackluster in all of his latest fights. Sure, take him out of the cage, but don't take him away from UFC; he is a great asset to the company.
As much as people say they hate him, they still want to hear what he has to say. He was the champion for many years. Tito Ortiz has proven himself over and over.
People will say that he makes excuses. Yes, he does make excuses. He is not the only fighter who makes excuses. Every single fighter who loses has some excuse why they lost. The world is made up of excuses.
Sure, you can hate the way Tito Ortiz portrays himself as the Rebel, or the Bad Guy. Isn't that what we all want though? A bad guy? Someone to talk about? Brock Lesnar is the bad guy and the fans love him. I don't understand. How can you hate one person more than the other when they both act the same?
Tito is also someone you can send around the world to spread the word of MMA and the UFC. Sure, people hate him, but they will still go and see him. They will still take pictures with him, and they will still get his autograph. Why? Because he is Tito Ortiz. Hate him if you want to, but you can't knock the truth.
Tito carried the UFC on his back in the beginning. Some might even go as far to say that the UFC might not be here if it wasn't for the early fighting of Tito Ortiz. He did the right thing in being controversial with all of his famous T-shirts.
He was the longest running champion in the history of the UFC. He put his name out there and became one of the greatest champions and fighters in the world.
I read Tito's book. I recommend it. This guy has been through a lot and has come al ong way. When he left the UFC due to all the controversy between him and Dana White, he didn't go anywhere else to fight. Unless you would include professional wrestling as fighting because I certainly don't. The UFC is his home. It's his stomping ground.
Tito has brought us epic fights in his past; The Chuck Liddell Fights, The Ken Shamrock Fights, The Forrest Griffin Fights, and all the other great fights he has been apart of. This might sound like a campaign from a huge Ortiz fan, but to be honest with you, Tito isn't even in my top 10.
I just think that respect is due where it is deserved, and in my opinion, the things he has accomplished from where he began deserves the utmost respect.
Should he stay or should he go you ask? That's not for me, or you, to decide.
Adam Buck Clark @ Lets Bang Em MMA
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