UFC 140: How Many Fights Does Tito Ortiz Truly Have Left in Him?

Cody SlovenskyContributor IIDecember 4, 2011

Tito Ortiz, now known as The People's Champ, once known as The Huntington Beach Badboy, has been part of the UFC since 1997. He is a former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion, and even defended the title five times. Arguably, he should be 3-4 in his last seven fights, but instead he is 1-5-1. 

At UFC 132, with his back against the wall and career on the line, Tito Ortiz defeated rising star Ryan Bader by an arm in guillotine choke, giving him his first win in four and a half years.

A month later he stepped in for the injured Phil Davis to face Rashad Evans on short notice and was defeated by TKO in the second round, but almost caught Rashad in a guillotine and was terribly close to making him tap out. 

At UFC 140 Ortiz will face off with MMA legend Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a fight that will keep the winner hanging around the contender's category. This is a fight that would've been nice to see about five or six years ago, but as we saw with Henderson vs Rua, good things come to those who wait and with this fight, it has the potential to be exciting. 

Win, lose or draw, do not expect Ortiz to retire after this fight. He says that he now wants to fight for the fans, and now that he is finally 100% healthy, that is possible. 2011 is the first time that Ortiz has fought at least three times since 2006, and odds are you can expect the same thing in 2012. 

Losing to Rashad was not a bad thing, well because Rashad is arguably the No. 2 fighter in the division. After Nogueira, there are many fun fights available for Ortiz. Doubtful it would happen, but a fun one would be to see him fight his friend and former teammate, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, or even Rich Franklin.

The one fight that should have happened years ago, and would still be fun to see would be Tito against Dan Henderson. Odds are we will not see that unless Henderson loses a fight and Tito wins a couple of more. 

At this point, it is safe to say that Tito has at least five fights left in his as long as he stays healthy. Odds are though, as much as he loves competition he will stay around longer and may have 6-8 more fights. 

There is no telling what will happen with Tito now that he has dropped "The Huntington Beach Badboy" and is now the self proclaimed "People's Champion" and wants to fight for the fans. Either way, love him or hate him people always want to see him fight. 

Will UFC 140 put Tito back on track to have a nice run to close out his career? Only time will tell.