The Fight Nerd spoke with Tito Ortiz at a Bellator MMA Press Event in NYC, and gave us his thoughts on a variety of topics in the fight world.
In part one of this two-part interview, “The People’s Champ” gives us a little insight on his lawsuit with John Ibarra (as much as he is allowed to tell us without getting himself into any trouble), and talks about his comeback fight against Alexander Shlemenko and the negative criticism he took while fighting a natural middleweight in a light-heavyweight bout, and how he was actually the underdog in this match and the double-edged sword that was fighting a man like Shlemenko.
Ortiz also tells us that he still wants to fight Quinton Jackson and that he thinks “Rampage” definitively beat King Mo in their match at Bellator 120, and why he has zero interest in fighting Muhammed Lawal right now. Plus, Tito talks about Bjorn Rebney’s departure from the promotion and what he hopes Scott Coker will do to make Bellator a better place for fans and fighters alike, and who he would like to see Bellator pick up to add to their growing roster (and maybe when Tito will fight next as well).
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