By Anthony Springer Jr.
In a stunning announcement, Tito Ortiz has resigned with the UFC, according to UFC president Dana White. The news marks the end of a bitter back and forth feud between the two men that culminated in Ortiz losing to current UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 84. During the outset of the press conference Dana White spoke on the situation with Fedor Emelianenko, saying the company did “everything we could” to get the Russian inside the cage. “We tried everything we could possibly do to get Fedor in the UFC. We went above and beyond.”
The addition of the charismatic Ortiz quickly overshadowed the news that one of the world’s best heavyweights would not be entering the Octagon. “Tito Ortiz is still the guy fans want to see fight. He’s ready to compete in the 205 pound division and he’s ready to take a shot at the title.” Asked about the highly publicized bad blood between himself and the fan favorite fighter, White responded: “Tito and I have put our differences aside and we are ready to move forward.”
Ortiz is likely to return before the end of the year. White says Ortiz’ first opponent could be Mark “The Hammer” Coleman, though the “Godfather of Ground and Pound” has not officially been approached about the fight. “Mark Coleman doesn’t turn down too many fights,” White said of the former UFC heavyweight champion.
Ortiz remains confident about his prospects in MMA and put the rest of the 205-pound division on notice. “The last three champions I beat or almost submitted. Me at 100%, I’m going to get my world title again.”
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