Like Huey Lewis said: If this is it ... please let me know.
Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz (15-8-1) will try to stop the bleeding on his mixed martial arts career against division stalwart Ryan Bader this Saturday night (July 2) at UFC 132: "Cruz vs. Faber 2" from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy," who hasn't won a fight since Oct. 2006, begged to keep his job and prove to the UFC that despite his consecutive goose eggs over the past five years, he's still got something to offer the fans come fight night.
This Saturday night, it's do or die.
Standing in his way is Bader (12-1), who ran roughshod over his 205-pound competition before suffering his first career defeat at the hands of the seemingly invincible Jon Jones earlier this year. No doubt he'll be looking to get revenge when he climbs into the Octagon in "Sin City."
And Ortiz tells MMA Weekly Radio that a win is the only thing that will keep him employed:
"I can’t make decisions for my future, only Dana can, only the UFC can. There’s nowhere else for me to go. There’s no more Strikeforce. There’s no more Pride. There’s no more WEC. Everything’s been bought by the UFC, and they’re doing a great job of promoting one of the best brands in the world and that’s the Ultimate Fighting Championship. I’ve been fighting for the UFC since day one, since my career began back in 1997, and I don’t plan on going anywhere else. If Dana thinks it’s time for me to bounce, and go somewhere else or hang up my gloves, I don’t feel like it, but if they feel like it, I have no choice. There isn’t much of a choice I can do, besides fight my ass off on Saturday night and get my hand raised to let everyone know that I’m not going anywhere."
Ortiz was originally scheduled to square off against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 26 back on March 24 in Seattle, but was forced to ditch the Brazilian following a "minor concussion" suffered in training camp.
His last appearance was a lopsided unanimous decision loss to former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 3 student Matt Hamill at UFC 121: "Lesnar vs. Velasquez" back in October.
Will his upcoming fight against "Darth" be his last as a Zuffa employee?