Jon Jones is the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and Ortiz believes he can beat the seemingly unstoppable Jones.
“I think I can beat Jon Jones,” Ortiz said to TMZ Sports (via Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie). “I think I have a good chance – I really do think I’ve got a good chance. If people say, ‘Oh, Tito, (expletive), you’re over the hill,’ whatever. Come to my camp. Come train with me. Come wrestle with me. Come do jiu-jitsu with me. Watch my weight training. Watch my biking and stairs that I do. I push myself harder than I pushed myself through my whole career. I’m doing amazing. My mind is in the right place, my body is in the right place.”
Ortiz has won four of five bouts since leaving the UFC in mid-2012, while Jones has won nine of ten in that time frame.
Jones has had some issues outside of the cage, which Ortiz believes tarnishes Jones legacy as a professional MMA fighter.
“He could be the best ever, but I mean, could have – not anymore,” Ortiz said. “He tarnished his career so many times, so much stuff that he did in and out of the cage it just – God, it bums me out because I love the guy, man. He was one of the best light heavyweights to ever grace the octagon.”
Combate Americas: Tito vs. Alberto takes place on Saturday, December 7 from the Payne Arena in Hidalgo, Texas with Tito Ortiz and Alberto El Patron headlining. Fightful is providing live coverage of the event, which airs live on pay-per-view.
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