It appears that a UFC Hall of Famer is coming back for one more fight.
As seen throughout the years, it’s a hard thing for fighters to stay away after retiring as an active MMA competitor. If you really think about it, there are a few reasons for this. It could be the money, the glory and just the desire to compete. At the end of the day, there are a lot of mixed martial artists that can’t stay away.
With all of that being said, it leads us to former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz, who has retired multiple times over the last few years. Despite him making it well known that his latest retirement was for good. It appears that the 42-year-old Hall of Famer might just come back to take another fight.
Ortiz’s latest surgery was on his neck, and after he got out of the hospital, he took to social media to thank fans and well-wishers for their support along the way. He also ended the video that he shared with a challenge to the fighter he beat in his last fight, which was former UFC title contender and now Bellator MMA competitor Chael Sonnen. Ortiz said, “I’m alive. I’m fixed. Now it’s time to get ready, because Chael, I’m kicking your ass.”
This led to Sonnen responding to Ortiz on his official Twitter account. If you recall, Ortiz scored a win over Sonnen earlier this year at Bellator 170 when Ortiz forced Sonnen to tap out to a rear-naked choke.
“Y'wanna send the twins up for a week or two while you recover? They might enjoy some hot food & indoor plumbing....”
“Teets. I'm glad I beat you, but I regret breaking your neck. Glad you got it fixed. Please send me Dr. bills. I feel responsible to help.”
Since Ortiz defeated Sonnen by submission in the first round of their fight at Bellator 170 in January, he has received several insults from Sonnen, who clearly wants a rematch. Sonnen is coming off a win over Wanderlei Silva at Bellator NYC, which saw Ortiz sit at cage side for the fight. Following Bellator NYC, Sonnen has been trying to get a fight with another retired UFC Hall of Famer, Chuck Liddell. However, that bout is unlikely. A rematch with Ortiz is very likely though.
It will be interesting to see if this fight is actually made or not.