Tito Ortiz: 'I may come out of retirement, it's all about how my body recovers'

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

While he recognizes the chances of a return to mixed martial arts (MMA) is about "one in a million," former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz does have an opponent in mind if and when he ever gets the itch to compete again.

Frank Shamrock.

That's the one person (as of now) who could lure former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz out of retirement and back into a mixed martial arts (MMA) cage.

"The People's Champion" called it a career following a unanimous decision loss to Forrest Griffin, when the two rivals squared off in a third and final fight at UFC 148 last summer in Las Vegas, Nevada.

He's now prepared to focus on his business ventures, but if Shamrock was interested in settling their old score, then Ortiz would "without hesitation" be willing to oblige.

From his conversation with Bloody Elbow:

"There's a possibility of me doing jiu jitsu again. I've been going to a lot of these amateur wrestling meets with my son, who's 10 years old now. Maybe we could do a father-son wrestling meet or something. Right now, I'm only four weeks out of neck surgery, and then I have to get the ACL surgery. I still need to recover from that before I start thinking about anything, and if I'll compete again. You never know, I may come out of retirement. It's all about how my body recovers. Right now, I just want to focus on my family and my businesses. Right now, the chances of me coming out of retirement are about one in a million."

Shamrock defeated Ortiz in the main event of UFC 22 back in Sept. 1999. Despite a significant advantage in weight, Ortiz (in just his sixth pro fight) was pounded out in the fourth round of their epic battle and "The Legend" promptly left the promotion, never to return.

In addition, Shammy and UFC President Dana White can't stand each other (find out why here), so we can probably up those odds to one in 10 million. Besides, Ortiz will have his hands full with his different businesses. See what they are here and here.

Any fans out there in fightland itching to see this rematch?

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.