Tito Ortiz expects to climb into the Octagon in either May or June after being forced to withdraw from his bout with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, the controversial light heavyweight told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour.
Ortiz also spent part of the interview calling out Forrest Griffin, in what would be the deciding fight in their trilogy. The two fought for the first time in 2006, in a match that saw Ortiz walk away with a split decision victory. They then rematched at UFC 106 in 2009, but this time Griffin was granted the split decision. Ortiz believes a third fight makes sense.
"It's up to Dana and the UFC to let the fight happen," Ortiz said. "I know people want to see me fight again, so let's do a Forrest-Ortiz 3. He's a former world champion, our last two fights have been awesome – so let's just put on a 3."
This past month the two went on a Twitter war with each other when Griffin made some disparaging remarks about the aging Ortiz. Ortiz obviously didn't take kindly to the verbal assault. But he now believes that the war of words may have been helpful in the long run.
"Maybe it's a blessing in disguise – maybe he's just looking for a (butt) whooping," Ortiz said. "Our last two fights were great fights. They were close. The last one I thought I won, but they gave it to him. So let's just make the third time better than the last two. I guess the fans will speak loudest, so let's make the fans make some noise."
While many groan at the idea of Tito Ortiz stepping in the Octagon one more time, the former champion believes that he still has a lot of fight left in him.
"I'm not getting knocked out, I'm not getting submitted, I'm not getting dominated completely," Ortiz said. "I'm competing against some of the best guys in the world, and when I'm going night-night after a punch, maybe I've got to think about retiring. But until that time, I still think I'm capable of competing against any of these guys."
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