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Dana White says he used to beat up on Tito Ortiz during boxing sparring

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According to a Jan. 23 report from MMA Fighting, UFC President Dana White says he used to regularly beat up Tito Ortiz during boxing sparring sessions.

White and Ortiz were supposed to fight each other in a three-round boxing exhibition that was to air on Spike TV, but it never happened because "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" failed to show up for the event weigh-ins.

"You know what pisses me off the most about that thing? I brought in real guys," White said of his training for the boxing match against Ortiz. "I brought in heavyweight guys to spar with me for that thing and I got the living s--t punched out of me for four months getting ready for that fight. Real guys. One of the guys, the main guy I sparred with, is fighting this weekend and he's ranked heavyweight.

"How many of you guys ever saw that old movie for the '80s Twelve O'Clock High where he's going to get his ass kicked after school and he keeps looking at the clock trying to get out of this fight? I'm not sh-ting you. I'm 37 years old when this thing's going down. I'm sitting in my office every day going 'Oh my god. It's f--king two o'clock. This guy's going to be here in an hour.'

"These guys are 22, 24 years old. I'm 37 doing all the UFC s--t, then going down and sparring with these guys. My nose got busted up. I got the s--t kicked out of me getting ready for that thing."

White said Ortiz failed to show up for the event weigh-ins, so the bout was ultimately scrapped.

"I had to go through all the stuff with the commission, which I still to this day believe, it created a lot of bad animosity between me and the commission trying to get licensed for that fight," White suggested. "But they did it. They licensed me. I went through all the medical testing, everything, and then Tito ends up bailing on that thing the day of the weigh-ins."

White essentially summed it up by saying Ortiz was scared to have the UFC boss beat him up on national television.

"Believe me," White said, "I'm not trying to sound like a tough guy and I don't talk about the thing a lot, but I was ready, in great shape and Tito bailed on that thing because Tito knew he was going to get his ass whooped on national television."


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