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Tito Ortiz: I've had over 25 concussions, will retire after Bellator 170 to avoid brain damage

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Esther Lin

Bellator 170: "Ortiz vs. Sonnen" comes to The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Jan. 21, 2017. The blockbuster fight to headline on Saturday night is "Bad Guy" Chael Sonnen against "Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz in what the latter says is his last professional fight ever.

Now we know why.

Speaking to ESPN's Brett Okamoto, Ortiz revealed that a long history of concussions was causing the former UFC champion to call it quits after Saturday's fight.

"I've had over 25 concussions, over eight surgeries. Sparring is probably the hardest thing in training -- getting punched in the face, concussions. I don't want any type of brain damage."

And a popular Hollywood movie may have also influenced his thinking on this issue.

"I don't know if you guys got the opportunity to watch the 'Concussion' movie with Will Smith. That's scary. It's a scary feeling. Over this last year, I got a few small symptoms like that -- forgetful, takes me a second to think about some ideas. I don't want that to happen. I want to make sure I walk away at the right time. Now is a good time."

But will he exit stage left on a win? Time will tell.

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