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Tito Ortiz teases MMA comeback, tags UFC and Viacom during Twitter talk of ending retirement

UFC Hall-of-Famer Tito Ortiz may be interested in fighting again. But would you be interested in seeing him?

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Tito Ortiz retired from mixed martial arts (MMA) last year after a unanimous decision loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 148, capping off a putrid 1-7-1 run inside the Octagon, which started after he tied a ribbon around his 2006 trilogy against fellow Hall-of-Famer Ken Shamrock.

Blame injuries.

"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" is apparently getting the itch to compete again, or at least go out with a win, as the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion has taken to Twitter in recent days to share his enthusiasm about getting back into fighting shape.

Take notice, Viacom.

Fighting is starting to sound fun again. #Peopleschamp #comeback #Positive body is almost healed. @Punishment99 @ufc @Viacom @MTV @espn. Come backs are always the best test! Live life to the fullest. Nice 2be a free agent. Need 2make a big decision 4my future 4my kids future. Nice 2 have a great surrounding and 2be healthy.

Un-retiring is nothing new these days.

Viacom, of course, is the owner of Bellator MMA, which acquired Ortiz's good pal Quinton Jackson, as well as former opponent Randy Couture. Both "Rampage" and "The Natural," like Ortiz, held UFC gold at 205 pounds prior to leaving their posts for greener pastures.

But unlike Ortiz, neither left on good terms (examples here and here).

Ortiz recently started Primetime 360 Entertainment & Sports Management Inc., a sports-management agency in Huntington Beach, Calif., alongside attorney George Prajin, representing fighters and athletes, in addition to entertainment artists.

His most notable client is Cris Cyborg, who fights for Invicta FC this weekend in Kansas City (details).

Well, how about it fight fans, anyone think the 38 year-old former champ -- assuming he is 100-percent healthy -- can make some noise at 205 pounds? Or did that ship sail back in 2006?


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