Photo of Tito Ortiz by Esther Lin via MMAFighting.com.
I don't want to overstay my welcome. I want to leave on my own terms. If I blast through Forrest, and get it over quick, there's always going to be that guess, like yeah I still have it, but people got to understand it's not the fight I prepare for. It's the training I prepare for. It's the grueling six days a week, 5 or 6 hours a day, of over and over getting up every day and going, ‘Oh god, what am I doing to my body. I'm hurting, my legs hurt, my neck hurts.' It's a mental strain on you."
-- Tito Ortiz, who will take on Forrest Griffin in the co-main event of the UFC 148: "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" event set to take place next Sat., July 7, 2012, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, tells MMA Weekly Radio he doesn't want to overstay his welcome in mixed martial arts (MMA). That's why he's retiring after this next fight, win, lose, or draw. And while a quick destruction of Griffin, a longtime rival, would undoubtedly leave questions regarding how much he can still go, "The People's Champ" says he's hanging up the gloves for good and "moving on to a different chapter" of his life. Some would argue he's already overstayed his welcome, having posted a record of 1-6-1 since Dec. 2006 but either way, this is the end and that's that. Or is it? Let's say, for the sake of argument, that Ortiz defeats Griffin in convincing fashion next weekend. Do you Maniacs think he stays retired for good?