"Hopefully by October I'll be competing. We're finishing the contract I'd say with CBS, Showtime, and Strikeforce and making a deal that UFC can't match. I feel sorry for the person they have me fight, but I do need one warm-up fight. I managed to come off a huge back surgery. It's been a year since I've competed. I think one warm-up fight to get things going. After that, I don't want no more warm-up fights. I'm hoping by my fourth fight, possibly fight Fedor Emelianenko at a catchweight. That'd be something that I'm looking forward to possibly by the middle of next year."
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz is ready to make one last run at greatness after spending more than a year on the sidelines to repair a bum spine. "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" is 2-2-1 in his last five fights -- with both wins coming against the world's most dangerous can Ken Shamrock -- and dropped a unanimous decision to current UFC 205-pound champ Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida at UFC 84: "Ill Will" in May 2008 before going under the knife. So what say you … is Tito Ortiz still a major player in mixed martial arts? Or is he biting off more than he can chew by calling out the world's most decorated heavyweight?