Dana White: 'Tito Tried to Damage the UFC More Than Anyone in Company History'

Jordy McElroyCorrespondent INovember 16, 2016

Dana White's historic feud with Tito Ortiz may be forgiven, but it certainly isn't forgotten.

From a memorable weigh-in confrontation to a proposed boxing match, it's fairly easy to say Ortiz and the UFC President haven't had a typical boss-and-employee relationship.

Despite their personal disdain for one another, the pair have managed to maintain a working relationship over the years to ensure the continued growth of the UFC.

White recently announced the upcoming induction of Ortiz into the Hall of Fame prior to his final professional bout against Forrest Griffin at UFC 148.

In an interview with MMAWeekly, the UFC President had plenty to say about his former nemesis, and most of it wasn't good.

Tito's never been about the company of the UFC. Tito's been about his own brand, Punishment, and Tito Ortiz. I think he's a guy who pound-for-pound—at the time we were hurting—tried to do more damage to [the UFC] than anyone in the history of this company.

If White truly feels this way, one has to question his reasoning for inducting Ortiz into the Hall of Fame to begin with.

Legendary fighters like Frank Shamrock have been shafted in the past when it comes to the UFC Hall of Fame, but Ortiz, who is being labeled a brand killer, is set to walk across the stage and receive a plaque to join a short list of all-time greats.

What gives?

White weighs in:

"At the same time, I think that the storylines played out, and it's a part of our history, between me, Chuck [Liddell] and Tito. It is definitely a part of the history of this sport."