Ortiz, during a pre-fight press conference Thursday, confirmed that he will remain retired and has already been offered a job of ESPN. The former UFC light heavyweight champion will also be inducted into the hall of fame Saturday, just hours before he faces Griffin.
"I'm done (after Saturday)," Ortiz said.
Many fighters have announced their retirements only to come back and fight another bout or two. But for Ortiz, this retirement is going to be official.
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The man formerly known as "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy," said becoming a world champion was the best moment in his fighting career. He also mentioned defeating Ryan Bader, battling Frank and Ken Shamrock, and meeting Griffin for the first time.
"I dedicated myself to become a world champion and I did that," Ortiz said. "Looking back on my career, (winning the first title) stands out more than anything."
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