Tito Ortiz looks back at both the biggest highs and lowest lows of MMA fighting career.
Life is full of highs and lows. Not surprisingly, the bigger risk you take the bigger the reward. It doesn’t come without a few blemishes upon looking back. These kinds of risks are necessary for pro athletes who want to become the best. This holds true for Tito Ortiz. You don’t become a champion MMA fighter without making a few mistakes along the way. In our latest GI Exclusive interview, Tito Ortiz breaks down the top three best and worst moments of his MMA fighting career.
While Tito Ortiz isn’t done fighting just yet, he has lived a full and exciting life as a MMA fighter. That’s why we asked him to look back at his full career and recount the highest highs and the lowest lows of his career. You can’t have the highs without the lows. And for pro athletes, failures often lead to learning and experience. They help build a competitor into the champion they will one day become.
So it seems fitting that Tito Ortiz starts off by listing his failures. He mentions this is to end on a high note but one can’t help but think it’s also because the lows truly do teach us how to become more successful. As we bounce back and learn from hindsight – we become stronger as a result.
For Ortiz, the lows truly hit hard. He mentions losing his title to Randy Couture, wearing a t-shirt that stated, “Dana’s my bitch,” and most painful of all – being accused of physical assault against his former girlfriend. Eventually the accusation was recanted – but the firestorm the indecent brought upon him and his family was a fight that no amount of MMA training could prepare him for.
And family is a big word for Tito Ortiz – as it ends up taking two whole picks for his greatest moments in his MMA career. Ortiz starts by describing the high of becoming a champion. This is a moment one certainly saw coming on his list of top 3 best career highs. He followed it up with the birth of his fist son and his final pick of the life he was able to give his children. To Ortiz, seeing his family provided for through his passion of fighting is a gift no championship title can overcome.
You can watch Tito Ortiz go into detail about his darkest low moments and his powerful high moments in our latest GI Exclusive interview segment above.
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