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Tito Ortiz: “My Goal Is To Be A World Champion Again”

Andrew Ravens

Tito Ortiz

Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz will finally make his Bellator MMA debut this Saturday night against  Alexander Shlemenko at Bellator 120 He has had a lot of doubt by his fans and media that he would not be the same fighter he once was. However Ortiz believes differently.

With all of the success that Tito Ortiz has had in his career, fighting Alexander Shlemenko who is not had the same success and prestige that Ortiz has, what is his mindset going into this fight?

“I guess when you’re famous, people want to be famous, and if he wants to be famous, I’m going to make him famous on Saturday,” Ortiz said of his lighter opponent. “Because he’s going to beat his face up with my fists and my elbow.”

Ortiz comes into this fight with 8 knockouts, 3 submissions and 5 decision victories, but also has been knocked out four times, submitted twice in his MMA career. Ortiz is 2-6-1 in his last ten and 1-3 in his last five fights. His last win was over Ryan Bader via Guillotine choke at UFC 132 – Cruz vs. Faber 2 on Jul / 02 / 2011.

Due to him having so many back injuries, there was some doubt, from not only fans, but Bellator it’s self that Ortiz would ever fight again after the stem-cell injections: “I haven’t felt like this since the (Ryan) Bader fight,” said Ortiz, referencing the first-round submission win that snapped a four-year losing skid and temporarily revitalized his UFC career.

“My goal is to be a world champion again,” Ortiz said. “Whoever else they give me, I can’t say who I want to fight now, because you never know who it’s going to be. I was supposed to be fighting ‘Rampage,’ and they said, ‘We’ll give you a tune up fight at 205,’ and all of a sudden I get called out by Shlemenko.

“Quinton is a good friend of mine. We’re very close friends. But this is about giving the fans what they want to see, and that’s one of the best fights in Bellator for me, he told MMA Junkie.”

Bellator 120 will take place this Saturday, May 17, at the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss. The prelim fights air on Spike.com and Spike TV. Then the main card airs on PPV. We will have live coverage of every fight from the start of the first problem card on Spike.com, Spike TV and then the final fight on PPV. We have you covered for everything Bellator 120 and all the rest of the news in this crazy sport that we all love. We hope you come out and join us for the first ever Bellator PPV.

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