On September 19th Tito Ortiz will take on Liam McGeary for the Bellator light heavyweight championship belt. But guess what fight he turned down before taking the McGeary fight? if you said Ken Shamrock then you would be correct!
In an interview with MMA Fighting, Ortiz said: "They offered me Frank Shamrock. But I said no. The fans don't want to see that. They want to see me as champion. The United States, they love comeback stories. And I want to be a comeback story. Liam's tailor-made for me, I think. His striking is great, his jiu-jitsu is great, his wrestling is...okay. Let's see if he can handle being manhandled."
Tito was also offered Kimbo Slice and Ken Shamrock, but the more interesting one has to be the Ken Shamrock fight, given their incredible rivalry in the past.
But Ortiz wasn't interested: "I'm not down for the freak shows. I'm a former champion. I've done so much in this business of mixed martial arts over the last 18 years. My fans deserve the best fights possible. Bellator fans deserve the best fights possible."