Lyoto Machida returns to the cage this weekend when he faces off against Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC Fight Night 36. “The Dragon” made his middleweight debut in October knocking out Mark Munoz.
At UFC 84 in May of 2008, Machida squared off with former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz. That fight was the last on Ortiz’s contract and the feud with UFC President Dana White was at a fever pitch. White couldn’t wait for Ortiz to be gone and Ortiz felt the same way. Machida ended up winning the fight by unanimous decision.
White did an interview with Los Angeles radio host Big Boy and brought up an interesting story regarding that fight when Boy asked him if he ever wanted to see a fighter get their ass kicked in the UFC.
“There’s no doubt about it,” said White. “Absolutely. I can tell you this. Tito Ortiz is that guy, get his ass whooped. The only time in 13 years, all the fights we’ve ever done. Lyoto Machida beat Tito Ortiz, I actually wrote him a personal check.
“I literally bonused him myself.”
Ortiz returning to the UFC a year and a half later, went 1-5 and got inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2012.