last week launched part one of a three-part blog for ESPN
"in his own words."
The theme of his debut post is, despite all the talk that "the Huntington Beach Bad Boy" is washed up, he's still competing with the best opponents the UFC can throw at him.
Next will be Ryan Bader
at UFC 132 on July 2.
After the jump is Ortiz's roundup of some of the characters--friend and foe--he has encountered over his more than 14 years fighting in the octagon.
"I am not getting dominated. I'm not getting knocked
out like Liddell was late in his career. I am still competitive with the
very best guys in the division and haven't taken a step down in
competition since the day I lost my belt in 2003."
"My last fight, against Matt Hamill in October, I lost. It was totally my bad; I didn't prepare for his takedowns because I
didn't think he'd be able to take me down. Real dumb, my bad, and I am
still pissed at myself."
"I think Dana respected that I had the fire to say, 'Hell no, I don't
want to retire! I want to fight!' and argued that I should fight on."