Color me reactionary, but I get the feeling Tito Ortiz doesn't want to fight Muhammad Lawal.
"The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" is now 2-0 under the Bellator MMA banner, after stringing together a pair of wins against Alexander Shlemenko and Stephan Bonnar. Next up for the UFC hall of famer is a potential bout against Quinton Jackson, or perhaps a light heavyweight title fight.
Anything other than a fight against "King Mo," according to comments Ortiz made on Submission Radio:
"I have two more fights left on my contract and I think King Mo is just stepping down in my career of fighting somebody, I want to fight somebody with opportunity to fight for a world title. Why would I fight somebody like King Mo? I mean, there's no reason to it. It just doesn't make any sense. I have an opportunity to fight someone like Rampage Jackson who beat King Mo. Why would I waste my two fights on somebody who doesn't make any sense? It's a lose/lose situation. If I beat him, I'm supposed to beat him. I lose to him, look I lost to King Mo. It's a dumb fight. The guy is a nonsense fighter, he's a journeyman. It doesn't really matter. I don't want to talk trash on King Mo. You know King Mo was a good fighter in his time and you know right now with him; just saying the things he says about me during the press conference, I was just scratching my head. I'm like, how far back have we gone back in history now? I mean he just talks like a street hood rat. This guy just didn't make sense to me. And I kind of understood after I looked at the pay checks where he got 10,000 dollars for fighting, and so then you understand why. For him to get paid is to fight someone like me, and I've worked too hard in my career. Let him beat somebody great and then he can come in and fight me, but until then, I want to win the world title. I want to become the world champion. I want to fight someone that's going to make me great. I don't want to fight somebody who's going to be 'okay'."
Why the animosity?
Ortiz was called out by Lawal after "King Mo" beat the brakes off Joe Vedepo at the Bellator 131 event last month on Spike TV, the same card that saw the former UFC light heavyweight champion turn away "The American Psycho" by split decision.
I believe his exact words were, "I'll Django your ass. Straight up, Django. I will bust your ass, straight up. I'm serious" (more on that exchange here).
Tito is not interested in this fight ... how about you?