Dana White, Tito Ortiz

Dana White believes he would have ‘f****d up’ Tito Ortiz had boxing fight actually happened

Dana White and UFC Hall of Famer, Tito Ortiz were apparently close to having a boxing fight.

During Ortiz’s contract negotiations, he had asked for a boxing fight with the UFC boss as the two did not like each other. Dana White says he had immediately accepted the fight.

“I knew (I would win), and so did he. That’s why it didn’t happen,” Dana White said to Barstool Sports. “Tito Ortiz was doing a new deal with us. Tito and I hated each other so bad that Lorenzo Fertitta did this deal, Tito never had great hands. He had been working on his boxing with Fernando Vargas. He started to feel like his hands were getting in a good place. And we hated each other. He told Lorenzo the last thing he wanted in his deal was a three-round boxing match with me. Three three-minute rounds. I told Lorenzo yes, sign the deal.”

Why Dana White was so confident he was going to win is simple. He says he boxed Tito Ortiz before and beat him.

“This wasn’t going to be the first time Tito and I boxed. As it started to get closer and I was training — at the time I was sparring with heavyweight pro boxers who were ranked in the top-10 to get ready for that fight — I was in ridiculous shape and I was ready. I was going to whoop his ass in front of everybody,” Dana White said.

Dana White then started training for the fight, but it never happened. Why it never happened was because Ortiz knew he would get dominated, according to the UFC boss.

“Let me make this very clear. If this was an MMA match, Tito would murder me. Like it would be the most horrific beating you’ve ever f*ckng seen in your life. He would double leg me and smash me against the fence. Tito would literally put his f*cking elbows through my skull. In a boxing match, I was going to f*ck him up and make him look stupid. He knows that, and that’s why that match never happened.”

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Cole Shelton
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime