It’s no secret that Tito Ortiz and Dana White used to hate each other with a passion.
White still might feel the same way, but Ortiz said in an interview with FIGHT! Magazine posted this week that his very public and very heated feud with the UFC president is his one regret from his illustrious career.
“I probably shouldn’t have said some of the things I said. Some of the things I should have did, I should have carried myself a little different,” Ortiz said. “I’m a very emotional guy. I wear my heart on my sleeve, a little too much I think. It gets me in trouble a lot. But I know I have integrity, and I believe in the things I do.
“I look at my career, and I think that’s probably the only thing, the stuff I said against Dana I probably shouldn’t have said. I know he’ll never forgive me. And it is what it is. But I’m just learning. I’m human.”
The feud dates back to 2003, when a disagreement over Ortiz having to fight Chuck Lidell caused the relationship to go sour. Issues resurfaced in 2008 when Ortiz felt the UFC was lowballing him with a new contract offer, which, at the time, incited White to call Ortiz “one of the most dishonest human beings I’ve ever met.”
It was ugly, to say the least.
Hey, nobody is perfect. And as he prepares for the final fight of his career against Forest Griffin at UFC 148 next month, Ortiz is doing what most people do when approaching the end of a long journey: He’s reflecting.
Ortiz clearly is older and wiser now, and it’s good that he found it within himself to admit his past mistake.
But, yeah, the feeling most likely won’t ever be mutual.