Jul. 7, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; UFC fighter Tito Ortiz following his fight against Forrest Griffin (not pictured) during a light heavyweight bout in UFC 148 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Despite calling it quits in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz had the perfect excuse to come back for one more fight.
The former "Bad Boy" was on the losing end of a unanimous decision to Forrest Griffin, when the two rivals squared off in a third and final fight at UFC 148 earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada. Griffin, who suffered from a post-fight meltdown, also underwent testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) prior to the bout.
And according to Ortiz, it set a bad example for the kids:
"I think the sport has gone so far with mixed martial arts that we try to do a good example for kids and for fans in general to watch this sport of mixed martial arts. For Forrest to be able to use testosterone, you look at professional baseball, you got Barry Bonds and all the guys in baseball that were looked down upon and are now allowed into the Hall of Fame because of it. Guys in our sport are allowed to do it and I don’t understand the reasoning behind it. I don’t think it’s showing a good light on us athletes who have worked so hard to get the sport where it is today. I don’t know about the win overturned because he let them know that he was doing it, but, I don’t think it’s a good thing that we show our kids as athletes, you know what I mean? Setting a good example is doing the right things, and that is being drug free and showing what a person's body can really do."
Hear more from the retired "People's Champ" (via TMZ) after the jump.
To see how their fight at UFC 148 unfolded click here.