Following the news of Phil Davis being forced out of the UFC 133 headlines against Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz was offered the chance to step in as a late replacement. UFC president Dana White shortly after reported that Ortiz declined the offer. As the news was released Ortiz quickly defended his decision via twitter saying this:
“I have a life and things to take care of. The fight game is about making the right choices of my career. If you knew what I have been going through you all would understand. Peaking for a fight is what makes a fighter unstoppable! Timing is everything in life. This is a rebuild year for me not do or die. The time will come again!“
The replacement is now expected to be Lyoto Machida, but did Ortiz make the right decision? Coming off his first victory in five years against top prospect Ryan Bader, helped the longest running light heavyweight champ slingshot back to the top of the division. Does Ortiz make a good point saying a fighter needs to ‘peak’ for a fight?