Tito Ortiz Defends Cris Cyborg on 'Cheating' Accusations, Slams Forrest Griffin

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2013

Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Tito Ortiz reacts following his loss in a light heavyweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Ortiz retired following the fight. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Tito Ortiz is back in the headlines, this time for defending client Cris "Cyborg" Santos.

Ortiz, now a manager, no longer does his fighting in the Octagon but from behind a desk. The manager of Cyborg tweeted that "cheating" in the UFC is now accepted.

Obviously, we can infer that he is referring to the testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) usage in the UFC as the target of his point.

Here is the tweet.

It's now accepted in the ufc now so what's the difference?“ it's cheating not just a mistake”

He then went on to further defend his client by slamming rival Forrest Griffin, a man he has fought three times in his career.

Yes Cali too. Olympic testing. Can't get away how Forrest did. “ Was she tested in her other fights too?”

By that, Ortiz was implying that Griffin himself is a user of TRT, as he was exempted at UFC 148 when he last fought Ortiz.

TRT has long been a hot topic in MMA, but Ortiz slamming Griffin does not help the situation. Sure, TRT usage is questionable in sports, but he got exempt from it while Cyborg got caught with her hand in the cookie jar.

This defense comes on the heels of Ortiz claiming that Cyborg cannot make the cut to 135 safely, among other things involving his client. Ortiz may be gone from fighting, but he sure isn't done creating havoc with his mouth.