Ortiz remembers White’s way to motivate him
Tito Ortiz and Dana White’s public feud has been well documented throughout the years, but the relationship has been better lately. As a proof of that, UFC President congratulated Ortiz on his win over Chael Sonnen.
“(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.
“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.”