MMA legend and supposed UFC Hall of Famer, Tito Ortiz has hit out at Dana White and the UFC, claiming the organisation is trying to have him "erased from history".
In a tweet sent out on Sunday morning, Ortiz stated:
"Now I'm being erased from @ufc history! Wow that is low! It will come back three fold. Sorry fans. @espn @foxsports," in reference to the UFC removing him from record lists.
The UFC has claimed that Jon Jones has the new record of 14 wins in the Light Heavyweight division.
However, that fact seems to the victim of selective memory with Ortiz actually holding the record with 15, the last of those coming in 2011 against Ryan Bader at UFC 132.
The record isn't the only thing that Ortiz has been scrubbed from. His status as a UFC Hall of Fame member now appears in doubt, as he's been removed from the UFC's Hall of Fame page on their website.
For the 39 year old to have issues with the UFC and UFC president, Dana White is nothing new. The two have had a much publicised feud over the years, that nearly ended with a boxing match in 2007 but Ortiz ducked out on White.
Issues between the two have ranged from money, to drug,s to the UFC shunning his former client - Cris 'Cyborg' Justino - from the women's division. However, the UFC has never removed a fighter from their Hall of Fame, until now.
No reason has been given as of yet but it's likely the decision came from White. His record has been one of contention for years with some of Ortiz's victories coming at middleweight or lightweight due to the variance in weights over the years but in the build up to Jones-Gustafsson 1, the hype was around Jones' being able to break Ortiz's record.
This is not the first time that White has fallen out with a fighter.
His history with former UFC and WWE wrestler, Ken Shamrock is just as storied as his feud with Ortiz. And in a recent interview, Shamrock accused White of trying to be bigger than the fighters.
In an interview with Bloody Elbow, Ortiz said that White used him as an excuse not to sign 'Cyborg' to fight Women's Bantamweight champion and rival, Ronda Rousey:
"I did exactly what he wanted, and then the argument becomes, ‘Oh their camp says she can't get to 135.' Now it's, ‘She's all roided up.'
"The way he's attacked her...I just don't understand how he can get away with it. Look in the mirror, man. I remember when you were 185 pounds.
"Now he's 245, the pot calling the kettle black. Cris is a great fighter and Ronda's running away and talking shit because she has her boyfriend, Dana protecting her."
It remains to be seen whether the UFC amend Ortiz's omission from their online HOF list, but it doesn't look like White and Ortiz's relationship will be patched up quite as easily.
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