In a two-part interview with Bloody Elbow, UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz opened up about a number of issues surrounding the sport that he helped build and the sport that made him a legend.
Ortiz hung up his gloves last year following a loss to Forrest Griffin on July 7 at UFC 148.
During the interview, Ortiz was asked whether or not his fans would be able to see him compete once again in the grappling circuit or any other possible form of competition and Ortiz seemed warm to the idea. Not only did he say that jiu jitsu tournaments would be an option, but his retirement could be ending as well.
There’s a possibility of me doing jiu jitsu again. I’ve been going to a lot of these amateur wrestling meets with my son, who’s 10 years old now. Maybe we could do a father / son wrestling meet or something,” Ortiz said. “Right now, I’m only four weeks out of neck surgery, and then I have to get the ACL surgery. I still need to recover from that before I start thinking about anything, and if I’ll compete again.
“You never know, I may come out of retirement. It’s all about how my body recovers. Right now, I just want to focus on my family and my businesses, Punishment Athletics, Punishment Nutrition, and my new management company, Primetime 360.”
Ortiz went on to acknowledge that he isn’t sure whether a potential return would come in the UFC or another organization, but he reiterated the fact that he is focused on his business opportunities and his family at the moment.
“I thought then, as I do now, that it’s just the end for me, period. I want it to be. I’m sick of surgeries. I don’t want to have to worry about possibly getting paralyzed or sustaining some lifelong injury. I have three kids I have to take care of. I have a family to take care of. That’s the number one thing in my life. I was able to make a lot of money with the UFC, and I’m so thankful to them for that. I worked very hard to get to where I am today, and I just want to be the father that I never had growing up.”
Bloody Elbow will hold part-two of the interview tomorrow.