Tito Ortiz: Why We Want the 'Huntington Beach Bad Boy' to Come Back for UFC 148
At UFC 148, we the fans want...no, we insist that for one night only, Tito Ortiz, he of “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” fame, assume said moniker when he steps into the Octagon and brings the curtain down on a storied career.
The last sighting of “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was at UFC 132 when he further derailed the title aspirations of Ryan “Darth” Bader courtesy of vicious guillotine choke.
With said victory, he elected to assume the sobriquet of “The People’s Champ”—a moniker which equates to bad boy gone good.
However, following that impressive showing, he suffered an ignominious defeat to Rashad Evans, and next came a first-round drumming at the hands of Antonio “Lil Nog” Nogueira.
Forget Chael Sonnen’s rhetoric, cast aside the surly antics of Nick Diaz and stifle the “Rampage” that is Quinton Jackson, because this trio of soi-disant bad boys ain’t got nothing on MMA’s original villainous villain.
A trilogy battle beckons against old foe Forrest Griffin—with one apiece, it’s a prerequisite that “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” comes back for UFC 148.
Here are the whys.
Albeit Tito Ortiz’s current record (16-10-1 MMA, 15-10-1 UFC) doesn’t do him justice, nevertheless, he’s the only man in the Zuffa-based promotion’s 205-pound class that can boast a record five successful title defenses.
Furthermore, he’s heading to the UFC’s Hall of Fame.
The bottom line is Ortiz’s legacy is intact.
However, if he has any semblance of pride, the beast that is “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” will emerge come fight night wearing his heart on his sleeve and take us back down memory lane for one last throw of the dice.
A great performance would suffice us, but an epic display of blood, sweat and tears will give the MMA contingent something to reminisce over in years gone by, and that’s why we want THBBB in the mix come UFC 148.
In his day, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was nonpareil in the art of ground-and-pound. He delivered his assaults with vicious and brutal intensity, and coupled with knife-like precision, his GNP was sublime in all its devastation.
Remember Ken Shamrock and Elvis Sinosic? They were just a few recipients of his merciless GNP.
As opposed to “The People’s Champ”, THBBB will muster a series of GNP attacks on Griffin, thus giving MMA’s aficionados carte blanche to tear the roof off of the MGM Grand.
We want to see the Bad Boy deliver poetry in motion only as he can, before he hangs ‘em up—elbows, fist and everything including the kitchen sink.
Since Tito Ortiz became “The People’s Champ”, the grave yards have been shorn of bodies. The last time Ortiz dug a grave of note was that of Ryan “Darth” Bader, when he was aptly called “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy.”
Now that he’s set to retire, one last graving-digging celebration (Evan Tanner style) will go down in the annals of UFC history for sure.
We want to witness one more burial—that of Forrest Griffin—and that’s why we want THBBB back at UFC 148.
To borrow a quote from the movie Scarface:
[…] “So say good night to the bad guy! Come on. The last time you gonna see a bad guy like this again, let me tell you.” […]
UFC 148 is scheduled for July 7, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.