Folks may have been surprised to hear that “Rampage” Jackson will fight Tito Ortiz under the Bellator banner, but considering the tumultuous relationship Tito Ortiz had with UFC President Dana White, it won’t come as a shocker to hear that the former champ has let loose on his former employer.
While speaking during a media call Monday to promote his new deal with Bellator, and his November 2nd tilt with Jackson, Ortiz was predictably asked about how and why he came out retirement. Recently Ortiz teased via Twitter that a comeback could be in the cards, and according to the 38 year-old fighter, the move to Bellator began on July 7th when his UFC contract came to a close (quote via MMA Fighting.com):
“That’s when the handcuffs came off me,” Ortiz said. “On July 7 I got a call from Bjorn, my [UFC] contract was done. July 8, I came in and we met. We sat down, we hashed it out in a week, got it done.”
“The company that I was with, I had to beg to be with it,” added Ortiz, who lost by unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin on July 7th, 2012, which was his third consecutive loss. “I had to beg to be a part of it. A whole year went by and I waited and I no longer could wait anymore.”
Ortiz, who hasn’t fought for another promotion besides the UFC since 1998, also had this to say about his ex-bosses.
“When I had someone barking at me, yelling at me, talking s— the whole time, I don’t want to be around that,” Ortiz said. “Negativity just sucks the life out of somebody. Here at Bellator, with Viacom, this sport is just going to get bigger.”
It seems like White has been taking shots at Bellator more often lately, and with comments like this pouring forth, that’s probably not about to change.
Stay tuned to MMA Frenzy.com for all your Bellator news and coverage.