Dana White and Tito Ortiz have something of a checkered past, you might say. Perhaps "an intense dislike bordering on hatred for one another" would be a more accurate way of putting it. Though it seems that the duo have put their squabbles behind them now that the "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" is retired, there was a time not too long ago when their issues with each other got so out of hand that they agreed to settle things in the ring – specifically, via a three round boxing match.
And although the match was later cancelled after Ortiz failed to show up for the event's weigh-ins, it turns out that he and White actually did get physical with one another (phrasing) while flying on a private jet to Japan. As White revealed during his appearance on Conan O'Brien last night:
"We were gonna fight one time in a boxing match but I actually never told this story publicly before but we were on a private plane on our way to Japan and it was my partners the Fertitta brothers, myself, Tito Ortiz and our matchmaker at the time, Joe Silva," said White.
"Tito and I were messing around and he put me in what’s called a neck crank. I was tapping and he didn’t stop. You can seriously hurt somebody in a neck crank, especially as big and strong as Tito is. So I just started blasting him in the ribs, started punching him in the ribs and when he let go [I] just jumped up and it was just a full blown fist fight in the plane.
We were literally taking off and the plane was [wobbling] and the Fertitta brothers had to jump in and break up the fight. So then I sat on the front of the plane, he sat in the back of the plane the rest of the flight.”
It's a story that one has to imagine Ortiz contesting in the coming days, but for now we think we can go ahead and declare Dana White the victor by TKO (body shots). Between this performance and his street fight of lore with Lee Murray, it looks like Tito Ortiz isn't quite the Bad Boy in the streets as he is in the Octagon.