FORMER WWE Title holder Alberto Del Rio has vowed to retire former UFC champ Tito Ortiz in their MMA war this weekend.
The 42-year-old wrestling superstar is returning to the cage for the first time since 2010 on Saturday only in Hidalgo, Texas, against one of the most well-known fighters in UFC history.
Del Rio, real name Jose Alberto Rodriguez and also known as Alberto El Patron, had a 9-5 record during his pro MMA career before going on to become a worldwide star in WWE.
But he faces a huge challenge to overcome the ex-UFC light heavyweight king.
However, he has every confidence he can shock everyone by upsetting the odds to claim victory at the upcoming Combate Americas event.
He told Ariel Helwani's MMA Show: “[I'm] ready to end his career because he's going to have to retire after this fight.”
And he is adamant that he is returning to the octagon to continue his legacy as a hero to Latin Americans.
Del Rio said: “I keep saying this—I'm doing it for the right reasons.
“I have a lot of Mexicans and Latinos looking up to me and me being a role model after all these years.
“I want to continue inspiring people in Latin America or Mexico or anywhere around the world.”
Ortiz, 44, actually announced his retirement from MMA 12 months ago after victories over both Chael Sonnen and Chuck Liddell in the past two years.
But it did not take long for him to be lured back as he penned a multi-fight deal with Combate Americas.
And the UFC hall of famer has predicted he will easily overcome the Mexican.
He told KTLA 5: “First round. One more time. I’m vicious. I’m not here playing around.
“I wanna go protect my money maker [face] and put on a good show for the fans.”
This week the two men came face-to-face, each bringing their respective WWE and UFC championship belts, with both then having a side bet by agreeing that victor can take the loser’s home with them.
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