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Tito Ortiz details conversation with Dana White after retirement bout in Bellator

According to Tito Ortiz, Dana White sent him a nice message following his Bellator win over Chael Sonnen.

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Tito Ortiz and Dana White’s public feud has been well documented throughout the years, but the relationship has been better as of late. As the UFC Hall-of-Famer ended his career with a win over Chael Sonnen on Bellator 170, his former manager and promoter in White still made sure to send his regards after.

“(Dana) actually sent my girlfriend a text message, because she used to work for the UFC and they always talk back and forth,” Ortiz told ESPN. “When I first signed with Bellator, Dana sent me focus mitts with his face on it, saying ‘if this doesn’t motivate you, nothing will’. So I guess that’s our love-hate relationship we got towards each other.

“I guess thanks Dana for the text saying ‘That’s the way you should go out, on top,’” he said.

White and Ortiz had a long and rocky relationship for years, and in 2007, they were even scheduled to face off in a boxing match. As Ortiz’s fighting career comes to a close almost a decade later, things seem to have been patched up.

“I love the guy man, he’s my first manager,” Ortiz said. “I always just fought for what I wanted for my entire career. No hard feelings. I’ve grown up a lot in the last 4 years. I’ve done a lot of things business-wise looking for my future. I’ve made some mistakes before, and I’m never making those mistakes again.”

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