UFC Quick Quote: Tito Ortiz without all the injuries would still be champion today

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 30: Mixed martial artist Tito Ortiz arrives at the Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards 2011 at the Palms Casino Resort November 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

"An injury free Tito Ortiz is very, very dangerous, and Ryan Bader was the last guy who got a close up of that one. When I'm injury-free I'm very dangerous. Me around 2000, when I was fast a strong and I was strong and my confidence was through the roof, I could beat anyone. I could have beat anyone in the world, man. Now, 15 years later, look at me, I'm still competing against top guys in the world -- like I always have done -- but the injuries have taken their toll. If I was the same game but without the surgeries, then I'd still be the champion! When I look back at my loss to (Randy) Couture, that's when I had my first back problem. I was suffering right through that fight camp, and I suffered for seven years with that back problem."

-- Hyperbole alert! The artist formerly known as "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy," Tito Ortiz, now claims (via Fighters Only) that had he not suffered through multiple injuries throughout his career, most notably his back, he would still be the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion today. Seriously. That means defeating current straphanger Jon Jones, who "The People's Champ" says has already attained all-time great status. Ortiz's game plan to defeat "Bones?" Pressure him and don't let him use his reach. Seems simple enough but none of the very best 205-pound fighters on Earth have been able to even come close to defeating Jones. Would a healthy Ortiz stand a chance? He seems to think so. Cue broken skull .gifs and pics in 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

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