Story by Anthony Springer Jr
“I’ll be back.”
Those three words escaped the lips of “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” Tito Ortiz countless times at the UFC 106 post fight press conference.
Despite dropping a razor-thin split decision to Forrest Griffin, Ortiz was optimistic about his future in the UFC. The hope for the future did not drown out the agony of defeat considering Ortiz feels he won the fight.
“I gave my heart and soul out there and I come out and I fight,” a visibly disappointed Ortiz said. “I don’t look for excuses or anything. I thought I won the fight two rounds to one.”
“I’ll be back…I’m sorry I let my family down, I came in and fought my heart out,” Ortiz added, fighting back tears.
Emotional statements aside, Ortiz was right immediately back at work doing what he does best: selling fights. With a forthcoming rubber match with Forrest Griffin inevitable, Ortiz went to work advocating for himself and Griffin to be coaches on the eleventh season of The Ultimate Fighter.
Griffin and Ortiz have personalities made for television; however, White remained non-committal about the pairings for the next season of the hit reality show.
“I don’t know. I gotta look at it,” White said when asked.
Ortiz, on the other hand, is already convinced. “It’d be awesome,” he said of an Ortiz vs. Griffin season of TUF. “We’d break records with that one.”
Griffin is on the same page as Ortiz—as long as White agrees to the pairing.
“I think me and Tito have the same strategy, which I think I kind of got on board before Tito,” Griffin said jokingly. “It’s do what Dana says. That’s what’s best for you. That’s pretty much been the strategy for the last five years of my life, and it’s worked out pretty good. So I’ll keep doing that.”
The eleventh season of TUF will air on Spike in the spring of 2010. Obviously, no coaching decisions were made last night.