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Tito Ortiz not interested in 'journeyman' King Mo, wants Rampage or Bellator title shot

Tito Ortiz doesn't think highly of King Mo and says he wouldn't waste his time facing a 'nonsense fighter' and 'journeyman'.

Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has two more fights under his Bellator contract, and he discussed future options as he joined Submission Radio. Topping his list of prospective opponents is Quinton Jackson who unfortunately, has been hinting at wanting to return to the UFC:

"I know [Rampage] has a pretty iron clad contract with Bellator so I don’t believe he’s going anywhere anytime soon. So I just think he’s going to have to work it out and just stay with Bellator."

"I’d love to fight against Rampage, but it’s just in Rampage's hands right now; and I know Bellator’s working on that fight to make it happen, but until they can make it work I want the world title. The winner against Newton and McGeary, I believe they're fighting in February, so I’d like the winner against them."

"If I get an opportunity to fight for the world title I want to put a good six months solid camp in, and get my hand raised. You know, world title. I want to make one solid run at that world title and get the gold around my waist one more time."

"This is not solid, push, kill myself training. This is train every day, do everything I possibly can to get my body in shape as much as possible. I looked at my last fight and I wasn’t in the best shape I could have been."

Although there are very few 'name' opponents in Bellator's light heavyweight division, Ortiz still made it clear that he isn't interested in facing a guy like King Mo:

"I mean, right now it’s all about my career. I have two more fights left on my contract and I think King Mo is just stepping down in my career of fighting somebody, I want to fight somebody with opportunity to fight for a world title. Why would I fight somebody like King Mo. I mean there’s no reason to it. It just doesn’t make any sense. I have an opportunity to fight someone like Rampage Jackson who beat King Mo. Why would I waste my two fights on somebody who doesn’t make any sense. It’s a lose/lose situation. If I beat him, I’m supposed to beat him. I lose to him, look I lost to King Mo. It’s a dumb fight. The guy is a nonsense fighter, he’s a journeyman. It doesn’t really matter."

"The last two fights [he had] were guys who I don’t even know their names. The last guy, he fought on the same card as me he was a 185 pounder, and he wasn’t even ranked at 185 pounds. I mean I don’t want to talk trash on King Mo. You know King Mo was a good fighter in his time and you know right now with him; just saying the things he says about me during the press conference, I was just scratching my head. I'm like, how far back have we gone back in history now? I mean this guy is just talking so dero, and just so trashy. I mean he just talks like a street hood rat. This guy just didn’t make sense to me. And I kind of understood after I looked at the pay cheques where he got 10,000 dollars for fighting, and so then you understand why. For him to get paid is to fight someone like me, and I've worked too hard in my career. Let him beat somebody great and then he can come in and fight me, but until then, I want to win the world title. I want to become the world champion. I want to fight someone that’s going to make me great. I don’t want to fight somebody who’s going to be 'okay'."

Both men are on two-fight winning streaks, and while Tito was critical of that "journeyman's" opposition, using the same standards would mean his own victories came against a 185'er and a very popular but retired journeyman. That being said, he is Tito Ortiz, and this legend of the sport has definitely earned the right to pick and choose on the last few fights of his hall-of-fame career. Sorry Mo.

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