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
Before Tito Ortiz stepped inside the Octagon to take on Forrest Griffin in his retirement fight at last night's (Sat., July 7, 2012) UFC 148: "Silva vs. Sonnen 2" event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, he had some business to take care of.
Like getting inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame.
At the UFC Fan Expo, Ortiz was introduced by UFC President Dana White before giving a nine minute (or so) speech on his illustrious professional fighting career that spanned more than 15 years.
Here are a few quotes:
"I put my heart, soul and body into this sport. I've had ACL surgery, back surgery, neck surgery, a meniscus tear. When people ask me, 'Why you retiring?' I'm retiring because it's time. ... I've done everything I wanted to do. My number one goal was to be the best fighter ever in the Octagon. I think I can hold hands with many who can stake that claim. ... Chuck Liddell, Randy [Couture], Ken Shamrock, thanks. We helped build this sport into what it is today."
At least Griffin didn't pull a Kanye West here like he did during Ortiz's post-fight interview last night, huh?
The full video is after the jump.