UFC 121: Tito Ortiz Not Phased by Lack of Wins in His Last Four Fights
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Tito Ortiz doesn't need to be reminded of his record over the past four years. The former UFC light-heavyweight champion refers to it before anyone in the press has a chance to touch on the subject.
"I'm 0-3-1 in my last four fights, but I've never been dominated," Ortiz told Bleacher Report, at the UFC 121 open media workouts.
The fact that Ortiz talks openly about his struggles shows that he realizes the position he's in and it doesn't phase him. Though he might be win-less in his last four fights, it doesn't mean that he's finished to a point where he can't compete.
On the contrary, Ortiz is confident that he can legitimately compete with the top fighters in the world and possibly get back on the road to a light-heavyweight title shot.
According to Ortiz, the lack of wins in his last four fights doesn't linger in the mind of the 13-year MMA veteran, and he believes his performances were worthy of additions to his win column.
"It doesn't weigh on me at all," said Ortiz. "I look at my performance; Anybody can look at my performance—I gave it my all. I wasn't dominated."
Ortiz feels that his following of Team Punishment fans see it the same way.
"The fans know who won," Ortiz said. "The fans know who goes out and gives their most. That's what I do every time I fight."
This isn't the first time "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" has gotten vocal about having been wronged by the judges. However, he doesn't plan to let his fight with Matt Hamill end up in the judges hands.
It may be cliché to say, but Tito Ortiz plans on finishing this fight, regardless of the good relationship he and his opponent, Matt Hamill, have had in the past.
UFC 121 takes place on Saturday, Oct. 23 in Anaheim, California.
Erik Fontanez is an MMA Team Leader at Bleacher Report and a Staff Writer at MMAWeekly.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Erik_Fontanez
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