Sports Illustrated's Josh Gross spoke with the former UFC light heavyweight champion via text message to debunk the report that he was injured and out of his fight with Chuck Liddell. This was Ortiz's response to him still fighting Liddell:
"Yes, I am," Ortiz told SI.com via text message late Wednesday. "Unless Chuck gets hurt."
He also denies the rumors that he did not complete the taping for the 11th season of The Ultimate Fighter in which he was a coach. When asked if his appearance was cut short on this season, Ortiz replied:
So is this a vintage Tito Ortiz doing whatever it takes to keep his name out there, or are all the rumors about his injuries false?