UFC Quick Quote: If Randy Couture can do it, so can Tito Ortiz

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"What motivates me now is to show that I can come back, show my heart and I'm able to persevere through anything and get a world title. My goal is to get a world title around my waist again. Randy Couture can do it at 40, I can do it at 35."

-- In a one-on-one interview, Tito Ortiz tells Joe Rogan that he is motivated to reclaim his light heavyweight title, which he lost to Randy Couture via unanimous decision way back in 2003. At the time, Ortiz was just 27 years young, while "The Natural" became the undisputed 205-pound champion at 40. It's that loss to a so-called "over the hill" fighter (Couture retired at age 48) that gives Ortiz confidence that he, too, can still reach the pinnacle of the sport despite his best days possibly being behind him. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" -- fresh off a first round submission win over the much younger Ryan Bader earlier this month at UFC 132 -- is now in the best position in years to make a championship run. He accepted a short notice fight to rematch former champion Rashad Evans in the UFC 133 main event on Aug. 6, 2011. And if he can somehow pull off another upset in Philadelphia, Pa., UFC President Dana White has mentioned that Ortiz will be considered a "top three" contender in the crowded division. Are there any Couture-esque qualities that can help Ortiz keep his momentum rolling or is he just kidding himself ... and the fans? Opinions, please.

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