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    IN HIS OWN WORDS: BACK SURGERY SPURS TITO ON
    Wednesday, October 08, 2008 - by Tito Ortiz to MMAWeekly.com



    This was the biggest decision of my career? back surgery

    Since the Randy Couture fight, I have had lower back problems. Each fight it got worse. I have made it though the last eight fights by physical therapy, methylprednisolone pills, and spinal injections for last three fights.

    I fought injured time and time again for the fans. After the Rashad (Evans) fight, I told the fight doctor I was having excruciating back pain. It was so bad that my security had to carry me from the Octagon to my dressing room to the press conference and back.

    This continued for the next four months. If anyone has had back pain, you know the pain I deal with. It got to be so bad that I was barely able to get up off the couch or drive for longer than 20 minutes.

    Now try to imagine training for eight hours a day and having to fight formidable opponents like Rashad, and (Lyoto) Machida. From November of 2007 to May of 2008, I did two separate injections and worked my ass off in physical therapy so I was able to fight Machida.

    During the second round of the fight I felt the same pain as I did in the Rashad fight. After the fight, I told the fight doctor I was having back pain. It never got better. I didn't want to fall into the terrible life of having to take painkillers in order to be capable of making it through training.

    I simply refuse to fall into that trap. I started to look into other ways to help my back pain. I have done everything from rehab to injections to make it better and nothing has succeeded.

    I was made aware that Nate Quarry had the same problem as me and got surgery. He fought nine months after surgery and did it with power and quickness. I started to look for doctors to see how they could help me.

    I researched four different back doctors and all of their techniques seemed brutal and risky. I saw that Nate was operated on by NuVasive out of San Diego. I spent a day at the office going over all the positives and negatives. All the positives outweighed the negatives.

    The doctor that I went with was Dr. William Smith.

    The kicker to this whole story is that the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) denied my claim for coverage of my debilitating back injury OBVIOUSLY acquired in the Octagon. This was the last kick in the gut made by the UFC.

    After all of the battling, and allegiance I pledged to them, they now have stooped so low as to not give me the medical care I so desperately needed. I am not surprised at there last effort to hurt me, so I took it upon myself to get surgery in hopes that my fight career will jump back on track and I will be back to the explosive monster I always have been.

    On Oct. 6, 2008, my extensive back surgery was performed in Las Vegas by Dr. Smith. It lasted three hours due to the doctor?s careful hand and my densely muscled core that had to be separated in order to get to my spine. My doctor was impressed with my quick recovery, and an hour after surgery I was on my feet and walking to the car.

    This is now the beginning of a new era. There will never be a question again about where my heart lies? and that is with my fans.

    I am focused on a quick recovery, and I will be back in the cage with a renewed outlook on fighting.

    I am a new Tito Ortiz? one with a bright fight future? one ready to power through the light heavyweight class and get the belt around my waist again.

    Mark my words? the best is yet to come.

    ? Tito "The Huntington Beach Badboy" Ortiz
    "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become."

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    When I clicked on this, I thought he had a vasectomy or something
    Like Billy Jacks' soul attack, I'm one Injun you wont forget.

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    Hopefully it helps the same way it did Quarry. Although quarry is not the same explosive wrestler that Ortiz is or was.

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    More hype from the Tito Ortiz hype machine. The best is yet to come, huh? So I guess a UFC title with 5 defenses will be eclipsed, and he will go on to perform even better than before. I understand that other people write his stuff for him, but when he approves it, does he even care that it's full of fiction and fantasy?

    I don't see where he expects the UFC to pay for his operation. Doesn't he have medical insurance? Or did he want the UFc to pay the co pay? And how about the ridiculous line of the back injury obviously happened in the cage? Where do back injuries occur to individuals who do not fight in the UFC? I got mine long stroking a girl in my bedroom (obviously).

    Tito, just let the fans know you've had back surgery and you look forward to competing pain free and with a brand new start. Tell them you are focused nd motivated and that you will do your best to return to the level they expect. This I did it for the fans $hit is just too much.
    Lets go Brent!

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    "It lasted three hours due to the doctor’s careful hand and my densely muscled core that had to be separated in order to get to my spine."

    That line ^^^ was the best one outta that article
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pimach View Post
    "It lasted three hours due to the doctor?s careful hand and my densely muscled core that had to be separated in order to get to my spine."

    That line ^^^ was the best one outta that article
    Lol..... Densely muscled core. That is great stuff. Herr Oliverbush nails it, UFC LHW title and 5 defenses is impressive as hell. Can't wait to see how he tops that.
    "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pimach View Post
    When I clicked on this, I thought he had a vasectomy or something
    Me too, and I was also thinking ... uh ... too late.


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    In a statement released to MMAWeekly.com on Tuesday night, former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz openly discussed his ongoing bout with back problems and his decision to have surgery to repair his back.

    “I have made it though the last eight fights by physical therapy, methylprednisolone pills, and spinal injections for my last three fights,” he recounted. “I took it upon myself to get surgery in hopes that my fight career will jump back on track and I will be back to the explosive monster I always have been.”

    He didn’t stop there, however. In his statement, Tito went on to claim that his former employer, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, denied the claims for medical coverage for his back.

    “The kicker to this whole story is that the UFC denied my claim for coverage of my debilitating back injury obviously acquired in the Octagon,” he said. “After all of the battling, and allegiance I pledged to them, they now have stooped so low as to not give me the medical care I so desperately needed.”

    In response to Tito’s claims, Zuffa, LLC, the parent company of the UFC, issued a statement clarifying its position as it relates to a fighter’s claims for medical coverage when competing for the promotion.

    “It has come to the attention of Zuffa, LLC (Zuffa) that Tito Ortiz alleges the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) denied an insurance claim following the UFC 84 event. In light of Mr. Ortiz’ inaccurate statements, Zuffa is compelled to set the record straight,” read the statement provided to MMAWeekly.com.

    Zuffa continued, explaining its position as the purchaser of insurance for the fighters it employs, but added that does not give them authority over a claim made to the insurance company.

    “The UFC does not have the authority to deny or approve any insurance claims asserted by UFC athletes. Rather, Zuffa purchases medical insurance coverage for the benefit of fighters at levels significantly higher than those required by state athletic commissions. The decision regarding whether a filed claim is valid and therefore approved is determined exclusively through the standard review process of the insurance company AIG.”


    "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become."

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