Tito Ortiz took a beating from Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 140: "Jones vs. Machida" last night (Dec. 10, 2011) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, losing by way of technical knockout in the very first round.
But he's not ready to walk away from the fight game just yet.
Despite owning just one win in his last eight fights spanning all the way back to 2006, Ortiz wants to fulfill the final fight on his contract.
"I take my hat off to him. That body shot hurt me. My game plan was to get on top and do a ground and pound. I gave it my all. Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. I'm going to take some time off and enjoy the holidays with my family. I have one more fight in my contract. I'm going to give the fans one more fight that is my best."
After a performance like the one he turned in last night, which is to say he was barely competitive in a fight that lasted just a few minutes, it's fair to ask whether the UFC will even want him back for one more trip to the well.
Here's what UFC President -- and perennial Ortiz rival -- Dana White had to say about it at the post-fight press conference:
"I gotta talk to Tito. We'll see. I'm always looking out for guys' health. It's not like Tito got viciously knocked out tonight. He got punished to the ribs. We'll see."
Indeed, Ortiz was felled by a big knee to the midsection that sent him crashing to the mat a la the Lyoto Machida fight. He was never able to recover this time because, well, Nogueira wouldn't let him.
"Lil' Nog" followed him down and compounded the damage by landing brutal elbows that left "The People's Champ" helpless in the center of the Octagon.
And only the referee could save him.
The question now is whether or not it's worth it to give Ortiz one more fight to give him the chance to end his career on a high note with a victory. But if they let him give it one more go, who should it even be against?