If there is any man who knows what it is like to butt heads with the UFC it is 'The Huntington Beach Bad Boy' Tito Ortiz.
For years himself and the UFC had public and private disputes over contracts, payment, and opponents. All of which nearly lead to Tito and Dana White spending time in a boxing ring together.
Whether Tito was right or not in his demands is neither here nor there. He knows what it is like to fight the UFC and at the time he would've felt he was right about what he was standing up for. But now with years of hindsight behind him he feels that things could've been handled differently and urges McGregor to consider everything before fighting the UFC.
"I made some bad decisions with the UFC, with Dana and I've been talked bad about from them from Dana, and I look back on it and wish I would have done things a lot different. I just, I hope Conor makes the right decisions, and at the same time, but makes the decision for his future," said Ortiz on Chael Sonnen's podcast (as transcribed by MMAFighting.com).
"He's only 28. Let him sit out for a little bit. Let him see how much money the other fighters can make the UFC. Which they can. The UFC, they are the star. They're gonna make the money. They'll keep bringing more and more fighters in and Conor's going to miss out on a year or two and then he'll have to cave in and ask what Dana and Lorenzo [Fertitta] want him to do...
"We're fighters. We go out there and we'll open a window of opportunity and they're only open for so long and we have to take advantage of that time right then. When I did it, I was 30-31 years old maybe it was a little too late that I should have did it but I did it right. I was okay with the money that I got, the money that I made. So hopefully Conor makes the right decision."