UFC light heavyweight Tito Ortiz is wrapping up his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, he hopes, by July of this year. His list of potential final opponents include Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin but what will he be doing when he hangs up the gloves for good?
Commentary, perhaps, seeing as he has experience in that area and he would go into it as a former longtime fighter. I'll let you decide how qualified he is for that position, though.
But there's also the career he says he's likely headed for -- film.
"Of course there's an opportunity for me (in Hollywood). I think it's the producer and director giving me an opportunity that I've never had. I'm still a young kid, you know, I've been fighting for this game for almost 15 years now. And the next step, of course it's Hollywood. Of course it's getting into movies but doing the right thing. Doing the acting classes, that's really mandatory. All the biggest actors in the world, Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, they still do acting classes, it's mandatory. You gotta do those things and that's what it comes down to. And you have to do them five days a week. It's just like training. When I go into something head first, I have to make sure I go 100-percent and that's what it comes down to. And that's really doing the acting classes. If I want to be an actor, I gotta do acting classes. You're not going to be a fighter by just doing classes a couple times a week. You gotta be a fighter 100-percent, that's what I put my life in, so if I want to be an actor, I gotta do the same thing too."
So what it comes down to is acting classes. And more acting classes. And then a few more. Like five days a week, even. Like class. That's what it comes down to.
Anyone think Ortiz will find the getting in Hollywood is just as bad as it was for him in Las Vegas? Or is "The People's Champ" poised to take "Tinseltown" by storm sometime in the near future?