White says Tito Ortiz is talking return due to money issues, Ortiz responds

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

With Tito Ortiz hinting at a return to MMA lately, UFC president Dana White took a few shots at that idea over the weekend. This morning, Ortiz responded in the latest chapter of their never-ending verbal war.

One thing you can always count on in the world of MMA is that Dana White and Tito Ortiz will usually have something to say about one another a few times a year. Ortiz retired last year and was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame, but he has been making noise about a possible comeback at some point. He even went so far as to insinuate that Bellator would be the place for him. It shouldn't surprise you at all that when White (Tito's ex-manager) was asked about a potential Ortiz return, he scoffed at it (transcribed by MMA Mania):

"Who gives a sh*t? Does anyone want to see Tito Ortiz in a superfight? With who? I mean, Tito's lost every fight that he's had over the last three years or something. He won one fight in the last three years. Tito hung in there and made some more money. He was a guy who was around in the early days, and, you know, time for Tito to move on. Tito is the guy who back in the early days was like ‘I'm going to retire young from this sport and I'm going to become an actor, and my Punishment clothing line is going through the roof, and I'm not going to be that guy who hangs around in this sport too long' ... now Tito's like, yeah, I want to come back. I haven't won a fight in three years and I'm old and obviously Tito needs money. He needs money."

This is similar to the humorous remarks Stephan Bonnar made about Tito before his own HoF induction. For his part, Ortiz chose to respond today on twitter and took the high road. Sort of:

It sucks that @danawhite still has the say bad things about me. One year has passed and still attacks me. I don't feel I have to attack him in any way.#SHAME I hope one day he will get over it. Must suck to sleep at night thinking about me. @ufc @punishment99

The two have clashed multiple times since Tito retired, most recently about Cris Cyborg since Tito is her manager. Tito talked about it, White responded, Tito talked some more, and Cyborg ended up in Invicta. And I'm sure if Ortiz is serious about a return and ends up doing it with a rival promotion, the chatter will increase on both sides.

As much as some things change in the world MMA, some things stay exactly the same.

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