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Tito Ortiz is a world champion, won't 'step down' for a 'street fighter' like Kimbo Slice

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight attraction Kimbo Slice, who shattered ratings under the EliteXC banner in addition to his stint on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 10, is calling for a fight against Tito Ortiz as the bearded brawler prepares for his Bellator debut later this year.

Request denied.

"Fighting Kimbo is a step down for me," Ortiz told Brazil's Ag Fight (via MMA Fighting). "In his last fight, he was choked out and he is a street fighter. I don't wanna fight a street fighter. I'll be fighting in May, possibly in June. I have to wait for the fight between Emanuel Newton and McGeary and I hope to fight the winner... my focus is to fight for the title."

Tito is taking his career seriously, you guys.

No matter, as Slice already asked for a rematch against Seth Petruzelli, who ended his CBS experiment back in 2008, in the off chance "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" rejected his request. Naturally, it all comes down to what Bellator wants and so far, mum's the word.

Anyone hoping Ortiz reconsiders?