Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz was once the agent for Invicta FC Featherweight Champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino. Ortiz, while speaking at a Bellator 170 media call, noted that he advised Cyborg to take the fight at UFC 208 to crown the first ever UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion.
“I told her to take the fight,” Ortiz said during the call. “She said, ‘Tito, I’ve been working really, really hard for the last three years. I’ve been cutting a lot of weight. I want to enjoy Christmas time. I want to go on vacation,’ and I understood that. Personally, I understood that.”
Whether she accepted the title fight or not is irrelevant at this point, because the fighter is currently facing a possible suspension from USADA on a potential failed drug test, something Ortiz was hesitant to comment on.
“The situation she’s going through right now, from what I’ve heard through her attorney and what I’ve heard from her, it was strictly from her doctor,” Ortiz said. “So I have no input on that at all. I don’t know. I’m not going to make any statements at all about it, because I know zero about it.”
Ortiz will be retiring following a fight with UFC veteran Chael Sonnen at Bellator 170, which is taking place later this month.