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Tito Ortiz plans to 'heal up and chill for a bit' before talking MMA return after loss at Bellator 142

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

At 40 years of age, Tito Ortiz isn't ready to call it a day on his mixed martial arts (MMA) career just yet.

This, despite getting choked out by Liam McGeary in the main event of last night's (Sat. Sept., 19, 2015) Bellator 142: "Dynamite 1" event in San Jose, California in what could possibly have been his final chance at claiming a major world title (highlights).

But, according to his statement during the post-fight press conference, Ortiz says he plans to rest, heal up and be a dad to his kids before returning to the cage.

"As far as me coming back, I'll wait. I'm gonna chill for a little bit. I'm just gonna enjoy this time right now. I missed out on the summer; I missed out on a lot of time with my family. I'm 40 years old, man. I've been doing this s--- for 18 and a half years, a l lot longer than everyone up here has been doing it. I've had some major surgeries: back surgeries, neck surgeries, knee surgeries.[I'm going to] let my body heal a little bit; let my mind heal a little bit. I still love training. I want to hang out with my kids a little bit, wake up in the morning and take them to school. Be a dad for a little bit. I'm gonna enjoy myself."

The loss for Ortiz snapped a two-fight win streak -- his first since 2006 -- after defeating Alexander Schlmenko and Stephan Bonnar in consecutive bouts.

With the Viacom-owned company improving it's partnership's and roster -- there is plenty of incentive for Tito to keep fighting.

Still, the question remains: Are you interested in seeing "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" continue his combat career? Or is it time for the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title holder to work behind the scenes?

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