Ortiz, who competed fourteen times under the UFC banner, is claiming that the promotion is going to eliminate the men’s flyweight division.
“I ran with it,” Ortiz told MMA Junkie. “I gave it everything I had. It’s disappointing that they’re doing away with the division – if that’s what they’re doing.”
There has been a lot of speculation that the UFC would be eliminating that weight class, but nothing has been made official at this time.
A now released Ortiz is disheartened with how the UFC is handling things, but wants to look at the good side of it as well.
“I’m taking it as a good thing,” he said. “I did my job. I continue to do my job. That’s why I was with the UFC for so long. It’s not like I got fired. I believe they’re doing away with the entire division. If I get that opportunity to fight (Johnson), or any of these other 125-pounders, there’s so many 125-ers out there that are good. If that’s the direction we want to go, that’s the direction. The whole thing is disappointing on how they’re going about it. You have other fighters in other weight classes in the UFC, they don’t even care. That’s even more disheartening that we have people in the same company in the same industry that loves to do what you do and have that same passion, and could care less if you fight or not. It’s a dog-eat-dog business, and that’s how it goes. It’s not life or death. This is the job. People talk about what a sacrifice it is to fight. Man, we’re all blessed to be able to fight and be healthy and continue to do it.”
The fighter was last seen in action at UFC Fight Night Brooklyn, suffering a unanimous decision loss to Joseph Benavidez.