An idea was put together by Ortiz that he and Del Rio should put one of their title belts on the line for their super fight.
“Well, this is my idea. I wanted it. I want that belt. That’s how bad, it gives me a motivation that I haven’t had in a long, long time. Because now I see an opportunity to get something I’ve always wanted as a kid. And I still have that kid inside of me. I bust my ass for 22 years to have something, and now I have a chance to have something and that’s going to be that world title belt right there,” Ortiz said to MMA Mania (via Cageside Seats).
It is unknown at this time as to what belt each fighter will take from their collection and put on the line in December.
Del Rio says the belts are on the line because they are a part of each of their legacies as pro wrestlers and pro MMA fighters.
“That’s fantastic. That’s actually a really good idea from Tito. Yes, it was Tito’s idea. I know the one with the bright ideas most of the time, but this idea wasn’t mine. It was Tito’s and I told Campbell McLaren that’s a fantastic idea, because we’re putting our legacy, something that we worked so freaking hard to get to put around our waist. Regardless of if it was pro wrestling or MMA, we both worked hard, and it wasn’t easy. Even though they (the belts) are not sanctioned by anyone, but it’s sanctioned by us,” says Del Rio.
Combate Americas: Ortiz vs. Del Rio takes place on Saturday, December 7 from the Payne Arena in Hidalgo, Texas with Tito Ortiz and Alberto Del Rio headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on pay-per-view.