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