Tito Ortiz, Following Tough Loss to Matt Hamill, Talks of Entering a Different Ring

"Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz was looking for respect with this past weekend's light heavyweight bout against his former charge Matt "The Hammer" Hamill.

But after suffering a tough loss at UFC 121 in Anaheim, MMA pioneer Ortiz is now hearing talk that he's done--and he's talking himself about doing something completely different . . .


"I need to get back to wrestling. I need to get back to my roots. . . . I'm not a quitter. I'm going to continue on. It sucks to lose because I let down a lot of my fans. I let down the UFC," Ortiz said after the match (via Fightline.com).

He said taking a year off hurt him, as did having neck surgery, but he was proud of his effort against Hamill, who the Bad Boy coached in season three of The Ultimate Fighter.

The bout marked the first time in the history of the show a pupil defeated his former mentor, but Ortiz says he still has a lot of ultimate fighting left in him.

"I've been in this game for 13 years," he said. "I still feel like I have a lot more in me."

Others aren't so sure.

"I think we know what happens when you lose four in a row in the UFC," the sport's president, Dana White, told ESPN. "This is the big leagues, man."

Ortiz, who is 0-4-1 in his last five fights, personally singled out White as among those he let down Saturday night.


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