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Tito Ortiz, Who Was Known for His ‘Bad Boy’ Personality, Gives Trash Talk Lessons to Conor McGregor – “Those Are the Type of Rules”

Published 10/01/2022, 3:49 PM EDT

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Tito Ortiz made a name for himself as one of MMA’s original trash talkers. The UFC Champion turned politician drew in huge crowds in the early days of UFC, which were hyped up with his words. The ‘Huntington Beach Bad Boy’ has criticized Conor McGregor for overstepping the boundary when he dragged Dustin Poirier’s family. 

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Ortiz appeared on the ‘Chattin’ Pony’ with Paddy Pimblet on his YouTube channel to discuss his three simple rules to trash talking. He said, “Well I have my three rules…”  “… Don’t talk about a person’s family” “Don’t talk about a person’s country…” “Don’t lie.” 


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Conor McGregor had crossed the line

Ortiz adheres to never bringing the opponent’s family into the discussion. A line that Conor McGregor had crossed during a war of words against Dustin Poirier while promoting their fight trilogy. He dragged Poirier’s wife, Jolie, into the discussion.

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The Notorious said that Poirier’s wife had slipped “into his DMs”, insinuating that she had privately messaged him without her husband’s knowledge. He echoed these words for the second time after he lost the fight and was left with a broken leg after the UFC 264. 


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Ortiz had this to say, “Talk about his character. Talk about his person. Talk about him. Don’t talk about the people that are around him, family-wise at least.” Conor threatened in a new footage, “In your sleep you’re getting it, in your sleep you’re dead, you and your Mrs, it ain’t over.”

McGregor needs to ‘Shake Hands’ after every fight, advised Ortiz

Ortiz declared that it’s not the country or the family but the fighter he is fighting. He said in his conversation with Paddy, You know, a lot of those m***herf*cking countries, they’re your real fans also. So why would you wanna talk about and kinda pigeon-hole yourself talking about other countries when those people are supporting you.


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Ortiz stated that there is a line to trash talking: “It’s just the fighter they’re fighting, trying to manipulate his mind, manipulate what he’s gonna say, you know, get the best out of him or the worst out him, either way. And, uh, I think there’s some lines that gotta be drawn.


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WATCH THIS STORY: Conor showed everyone how to walk the talk 

Conor’s fight with his rivals should ideally end with a shaking of hands and saying, “Good job”, according to Ortiz. Will Conor heed the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion’s advice?

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Written by:

Aphune Kuvephulii Kezo


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Aphune K. Kezo is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She has an LLM in Corporate and Financial Law from Jindal Global Law School and completed her five-year undergraduate B.
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