Ariel Helwani: Are Tito Ortiz's days done inside the Octagon?â†µ
Dana White: I think going in to this fight, what everybody heard me talk about is that, we're going to find out -- this fight is going to see whether Tito Ortiz is still relevant in the 205lb division.â†µ
Ariel Helwani: What do you think? Is he?â†µ
Dana White: Did he win tonight? [shakes head]â†µ
Ariel Helwani: No, but maybe you liked something about him.â†µ
Dana White: He didn't win tonight, but did Tito look horrible? Tito didn't look horrible either. Tito went in there and lost. He's lost 4 out of his last 5... I don't hate Tito anymore, but it is what it is.â†µ
- UFC president Dana White talks to Ariel Helwani about Tito Ortiz's future after his loss to Matt Hamill.
Dana is in a hard spot. No matter what their relationship has been in public, Tito is a guy who made the UFC a lot of money for a period of time. He was involved in some of the biggest and most memorable fights in the history of the sport. His fights with Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture and Ken Shamrock defined the UFC's landscape for years.
Now he's a faded star, no longer capable of matching his old performances but still wanting desperately to try. Will Dana let him continue to try in the UFC or is it time to let him go?â†µ